Wordsworth and the Victorians / Stephen Gill.

By: Gill, Stephen CharlesMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: Oxford [England] : New York : Clarendon Press ; Oxford University Press, c1998Description: x, 346 p. : ill. ; 23 cmISBN: 0198119658 (alk. paper); 9780198119654 (alk. paper)Subject(s): Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850 -- Criticism and interpretation -- History -- 19th century | Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850 -- Appreciation -- Great Britain | English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism | Criticism -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century | Great Britain -- History -- Victoria, 1837-1901 | Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850 -- Influence | Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.) -- History -- 19th centuryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Wordsworth and the Victorians.DDC classification: 821/.7 LOC classification: PR5887.3 | .G55 1998Other classification: 18.05
Contents:
England's Samuel : Wordsworth as spiritual power -- 'Fit audience' : the marketing of Wordsworth -- The poetry of humble life -- Wordsworth at full length : George Eliot -- The active universe : Arnold and Tennyson -- The Wordsworth renaissance -- The last decade : from Wordsworth Society to National Trust.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-333) and index.

England's Samuel : Wordsworth as spiritual power -- 'Fit audience' : the marketing of Wordsworth -- The poetry of humble life -- Wordsworth at full length : George Eliot -- The active universe : Arnold and Tennyson -- The Wordsworth renaissance -- The last decade : from Wordsworth Society to National Trust.

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The idea for this study originated in Gill's definitive biography William Wordsworth: A Life (CH, Oct'89), when Gill (Lincoln College, Oxford) decided that further exploration of Wordsworth's cultural significance during the last 25 years of his life deserved special attention. Why, Gill speculated, did Wordsworth's importance grow as his creative powers began to wane? To answer this question, he has expanded on material touched on in the biography, here focusing on the poet's impact in 1843 (when he was appointed poet laureate), in 1850 (the year of his death, when he was memorialized as a seer), and during the following 40 years (when he was accorded a place in the great line of Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton). Though he could have pursued the theme to the end of WW I, Gill points out in his introduction his intent to open up an interesting subject, not close it down. This he does in eight tightly packed chapters that delve into Wordsworth as a spiritual power, as a humble poet, as an influence on such figures as Eliot, Ruskin, Darwin, Tennyson, and Arnold, and as an appealing target for critics, scholars, and many readers in the UK and US. Gill writes convincingly of Wordsworth as a Victorian icon, and his book should interest Wordsworth devotees, students of 19th-century British literature, and a wide range of literary historians. Highly recommended for all collections. G. A. Cevasco; St. John's University (NY)

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Stephen Gill is Professor of English Literature and Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford. He is the author of William Wordsworth: A Life (OUP, 1989), and editor of William Wordsworth in the Oxford Authors series (OUP, 1984).

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