Wordsworth and the Victorians

Paperback | March 1, 2001

byStephen Gill

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Wordsworth and the Victorians tells the story of the flowering of Wordsworth's reputation and influence. As well as showing how poets and novelists such as Matthew Arnold and George Eliot transmitted the Wordsworthian spirit, Stephen Gill uses a mass of anecdotal and biographical material -the personal testimony of critics, scholars, publishers, and ordinary readers - to illustrate just what Wordsworth's poetry meant to his Victorian readers.

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Wordsworth and the Victorians tells the story of the flowering of Wordsworth's reputation and influence. As well as showing how poets and novelists such as Matthew Arnold and George Eliot transmitted the Wordsworthian spirit, Stephen Gill uses a mass of anecdotal and biographical material -the personal testimony of critics, scholars, p...

Stephen Gill is at Lincoln College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 8.46 × 5.35 × 0.87 inPublished:March 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198187645

ISBN - 13:9780198187646

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsA Note on the TextAbbreviations1. Fame2. England's Samuel: Wordsworth as Spiritual Power3. 'Fit Audience': The Marketing of Wordsworth4. The Poetry of Humble Life5. Wordsworth at Full Length: George Eliot6. The Active Universe: Arnold and Tennyson7. The Wordsworth Renaissance8. The Last Decade: From Wordsworth Society to National TrustAppendix: The Membership of the Wordsworth Society in 1884NotesBibliographyIndex

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`the construction of "Wordsworth", was the work of thousands of anonymous and devoted craftsmen, guided by a preconceived design. Gill's account of this process is absorbing and superbly detailed ... A poet's most fitting memorial is our continued passionate engagement with his poetry: StephenGill's stimulating book is nourished by just such an engagement.'Daniel Karlin, Times Literary Supplement