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Victorians by Geoffrey Grigson
Book DescriptionThis is the third in a trio of anthologies by Geoffrey Grigson ("The Romantics", "Before the Romantics" and "The Victorians") that are both highly entertaining and provide a fresh approach to the ideas of an age. Primarily anthologies of poetry, with prose from the era to illustrate it, they have been universally praised for their great scope and their original take on English literature. "The Victorians" celebrates the 'word-painting' that Hopkins thought the great success of the age, and tempers the sentimental poetry normally associated with the era with street ballads, parodies and nonsense poetry.A wide range of the most celebrated writers and thinkers of the age are represented - Tennyson, Browning, the Rossettis, Darwin, Edward Lear - as well as less familiar names, such as the Pre-Raphaelites Walter Deverell and Thomas Woolner, Alexander Smith and Sir Edwin Arnold. In "The Victorians", Grigson succeeds in creating a delightfully diverse anthology of the gravity and nonsense, feelings and facts, anxieties and triumphs that the age encapsulated.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780571242863
(216mm x 135mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 29-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Introduces an anthology of poems in which place is prominent, which ranges not only geographically over the entire British Isles and the whole history of poetry in English, but includes sections on the landscape of France and Italy; and poems in French about London and in English about Sorrento.
Before the Romantics, Paperback (May 2008)» View all books by Geoffrey Grigson
Anthologizes 'the variety and vigour' of the thinking and writing of the Enlightenment. This book examines the way that reason and imagination intertwined, or collided head on, in the period.
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Author Biography - Geoffrey Grigson
Geoffrey Grigson, poet and writer, was born in Cornwall in 1905. After (in his words) "a profitless sojourn" at Oxford University, he worked as literary journalist and critic. His best journalism was collected in The Contrary View (1974) and Blessings, Kicks and Curses (1982), while The Harp of Aeolus (1947) and his book on Samuel Palmer (1947) contains some of his finest writing on art. His trio of poetry anthologies (Before the Romantics, The Romantics and The Victorians) were universally heralded for their careful and original selection. His first book of poetry was Several Observations (1939) and his Collected Poems was published in 1963. He had four children and was married three times, lastly to Jane McIntire, who, as Jane Grigson, became a celebrated cookery expert. He died in 1985.
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