Algernon Charles Swinburne: 21st-Century Oxford Authors

Hardcover | February 9, 2017

EditorFrancis OGorman

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This is the first rigorous scholarly edition of a substantial selection of the work of Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909) ever produced. Swinburne was one of the most brilliant and controversial poets of the nineteenth century: a republican; a scorner of established Christianity; a writerof sexual daring; a poet of loss and of love. Yet he is also the most misunderstood poet of the Victorian period. This new edition, with substantial editorial material, presents a new and convincing portrait of a man sharply different from what is usually said of him. Beginning with his unpublished"Ode to Mazzini" (1857) and ending with his last major critical work on The Age of Shakespeare (1908), this edition offers Swinburne in the round - a man of astonishing consistency whose formal innovations and critical penetration remain persistently engaging as well as provocative. A major introduction explores Swinburne's complicated reaction to the scandal of his first major collection, Poems and Ballads (1866); his life-long commitment to radical voices (Blake, Hugo, Landor, Shelley); his permanent hostility to tyranny; his sense of literature as a living form and of theheroic personality of the artist; his dazzling art criticism and adroit analysis of Renaissance and modern literature; his exceptional elegies for dead friends; his burlesques and richly atmospheric fiction and drama. This is a new, more complete, more challenging, but also more credible Swinburnethan has ever been presented. Scholarly annotation draws on rich contemporary sources, manuscripts, and the diverse print culture of Swinburne's day, as well as moving through ancient and modern languages that Swinburne wrote with fluency.

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This is the first rigorous scholarly edition of a substantial selection of the work of Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909) ever produced. Swinburne was one of the most brilliant and controversial poets of the nineteenth century: a republican; a scorner of established Christianity; a writerof sexual daring; a poet of loss and of love...

Francis O'Gorman has written widely on English literature chiefly from 1780 to the present, and mostly, but not exclusively, on poetry and non-fictional prose. His recent publications include editions of John Ruskin's Praeterita (Oxford World's Classics, 2012), Elizabeth Gaskell's Sylvia's Lovers (Oxford World's Classics, 2014), and a ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:648 pagesPublished:February 9, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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INTRODUCTIONNOTE ON THE TEXTOde to MazziniOf the birth of Sir Tristram, and how he voyaged into Ireland (Queen Yseult)Letter to the Editor of The Spectator, 7 June 1862 (pp.632-3) [on George Meredith s Modern Love, and Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads]Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du mal (The Spectator, 6 September 1862)Dead Love (1859)Atalanta in Calydon (1865)from Preface to A Selection from the Works of Lord Byron (1866)from Poems and Ballads (1866) Laus Veneris The Triumph of Time Les Noyades Itylus Anactoria Hymn to Proserpine Hermaphroditus The Leper Before the Mirror Dolores The Garden of Proserpine Dedication, 1865from Mr Arnold s New Poems (1867)From Chapter 2, Lyrical Poems , William Blake: A Critical Essay (1868)from Notes on Designs of the Old Masters at Florence (1868)from Notes on the Royal Academy Exhibition, 1868 (1868)from The Poems of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1870)from Songs Before Sunrise (1871) Super flumina Babylonis Mentana: First Anniversary The Litany of Nations Hertha Before a Crucifix Tenebrae Cor Cordium In San Lorenzo On the Downs An Appealfrom Simeon Solomon: Notes on his Vision of Love and Other Studies (1871)Tristram and Iseult: Prelude of an Unfinished Poem (1871)from Victor Hugo s L Annee terrible (1872)from Bothwell (1874)from Songs of Two Nations (1875)from Dirae Celaeno A Choice The Augurs A Counselfrom Report of the First Anniversary Meeting of the Newest Shakespeare Society (1876)from Note of an English Republican on the Muscovite Crusade (1876)The Sailing of the Swallow (1877)from Poems and Ballads, Second Series (1878) The Last Oracle A Forsaken Garden Relics Ave Atque Vale: In Memory of Charles Baudelaire Memorial Verses on the Death of Theophile Gautier Sonnet (With a Copy of Madamemoiselle de Maupin) In Memory of Barry Cornwall Inferiae Cyril Tourneur A Ballad of Francois Villon, Prince of All Ballad-Makers A Vision of Spring in Winter The Epitaph in Form of a Ballad, which Villon made for Himself and his Comrades, Expecting to Hanged along with them'From A Study of Shakespeare (1880)from Songs of the Springtides (1880) Thallasius On the Cliffsfrom Specimens of Modern Poets: The Heptalogia or The Seven Against Sense: A Cap with Seven Bells (1880) The Higher Pantheism in a Nutshell NephelidiaPoeta Loquitur (c.1880n)from Studies in Song (1880)