In this authoritative biography, Donald Thomas vividly portrays Algernon Charles Swinburne as the brandy-inspired orator of his youth as well as the meek versifier of his later years. With portraits of Sir Richard Burton, Burns-Jones and Trevelyan, and critical assessment of Swinburne's major works, this biography presents us with an absorbing and lively picture of both the poet and the man who lived from one century into the next with an undiminished appetite for life.
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Swinburne: The Poet in His World based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Lots of information here, and the author doesn't shy away from the more controversial aspects of the poet's life. Two criticisms, however: First, the author jumps around, A LOT, making it sometimes hard to keep up chronologically with what is going on, and when. Second, I couldn't help but wonder if Thomas actually likes A.C. Swinburne. The timbre of the book tends to lean somewhat towards condescension at times, perhaps even derision.