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Description - A Victorian Wanderer by Bernard Bergonzi

A biography of Matthew Arnold's Catholic younger brother Tom, a scholar, teacher, and self-styled 'wanderer'. Arnold's path in life took him, after a brilliant start at Oxford, to colonial New Zealand, to Tasmania, to Dublin, back to Oxford, and once more to Dublin, where he died in 1900. His spiritual wanderings led him into the Catholic Church, then out of it for some years, and finally back to it. He was close both to Matthew and to John Henry Newman, and his relations with them show unfamiliar aspects of these eminent Victorians. As a young man, Tom Arnold knew the elderly Wordsworth, and Arthur Hugh Clough was his closest friend. He was acquainted with such celebrated Oxford personalities as Benjamin Jowett, Mark Pattison, and Lewis Carroll; as a Professor of English in Dublin he was a colleague of Gerard Manley Hopkins; and in the last year of his life he read and approved of an undergraduate essay by James Joyce. The book makes an original contribution to Victorian studies at the same time as telling an absorbing human story. An appendix contains a previously unpublished letter from Matthew Arnold to his brother.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199257416
ISBN-10: 0199257418
Format: Hardback
(223mm x 144mm x 19mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Bernard Bergonzi

Bernard Bergonzi is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Warwick. His publications include: The Early H. G. Wells (MUP 1961) Heroes' Twilight (Constable 1965, Macmillan 1980, Carcanet 1996) The Situation of the Novel (Macmillan 1970, 1979) T. S. Eliot (Macmillan, 1972, 1978) The Turn of a Century (Macmillan 1973) Gerard Manley Hopkins (Macmillan 1977) Reading the Thirties (Macmillan 1978) The Roman Persuasion: A Novel (Weidenfeld 1981) The Myth of Modernism and Twentieth Century Literature (Harvester 1986) Exploding English (OUP 1990) Wartime and Aftermath (OUP 1993) David Lodge (Northcote House 1995) War Poets and Other Subjects (Ashgate 2000)

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