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Tennyson: An Illustrated Life

Tennyson: An Illustrated Life

by Norman Page
     
 

Tennyson was one of the greatest and best-loved poets of the English-speaking world, and many of his poems–among them "In Memoriam," "The Charge of the Light Brigade," and "Idylls of the King"–are as well known today as they were more than a century ago. His life spanned most of the nineteenth century, and as Poet Laureate of Britain for forty years, he

Overview

Tennyson was one of the greatest and best-loved poets of the English-speaking world, and many of his poems–among them "In Memoriam," "The Charge of the Light Brigade," and "Idylls of the King"–are as well known today as they were more than a century ago. His life spanned most of the nineteenth century, and as Poet Laureate of Britain for forty years, he was a central figure in Victorian literacy and intellectual life. Tennyson's life is an extraordinary and compelling one. As a poet, particularly in his later years, his popularity and his commercial success would make most present-day poets weep with envy–the print run of an illustrated edition of his poems in 1857 was 10,000 copies, and the Idylls of the King earned about $7000.00 in royalties in the year of publication (Enoch Arden did substantially better). The public figure and the legend did much to obscure the private man, who suffered for most of his life from bouts of severe depression. Norman Page uses poems, memoirs, letters, and more than 70 photographs (many of which have never been reproduced) to disentangle the man from the Poet Laureate, and to illuminate the life of one of the most memorable of the Victorians.

Editorial Reviews

Mary Carroll
Page offers previously unpublished photographs of Tennyson and his family and friends, plus sketches of the Tennyson homes, newspaper engravings, and holograph letters and drafts of poems to illustrate this brief, enlightening biography of Victoria's longtime poet laureate (1850-92). From the young Lincolnshire poet's troubled family life to his brief involvement with the Apostles--and defining friendship with Hallam--at Cambridge, from the melancholy anxiety of Tennyson's bachelor years to his satisfaction in the role of middle-aged husband and father, Page deftly explicates the life and work of this quintessential Victorian poet. Scholars will unquestionably rely on more academic biographies and criticism, but Page's illustrated "Tennyson" will amply satisfy the curiosity of general readers who recall fondly brief passages from "Idylls of the King" or "In Memoriam", from "Ulysses" or "The Lady of Shalott."
Booknews
A short biographical account, written to commemorate the centenary of the poet's death, illustrated with over 70 photos and other portraits (many published for the first time)--most showing him at various stages of life; others showing family, friends, houses where he lived, and manuscripts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561310609
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.18(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Norman Page was educated at Cambridge and Leeds and has taught in England and Canada. He is currently Professor of Modern English Literature at the University of Nottingham as well as Chairman of the Publications Committee of the Tennyson Society and a Vice-President of the Thomas Hardy Society. His many books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature includeThomas Hardy (1977),Tennyson: Interviews and Recollections (1983),A.E. Housman: A Critical Biography (1983),A Dickens Companion (1984), andE.M. Forster (1988).

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