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Swinburne: The Poet in His World

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In this authoritative biography, Donald Thomas vividly portrays Algernon Charles Swinburne as the brandy-inspired orator of his youth as well as the meek versifier of his later years. With portraits of Sir Richard Burton, Burns-Jones and Trevelyan, and critical assessment of Swinburne's major works, this biography presents us with an absorbing and lively picture of both th ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Allison and Busby (first published 1979)
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Lynette
Mar 03, 2010 Lynette rated it liked it
Lots of information here, and the author doesn't shy away from the more controversial aspects of the poet's life. Two criticisms, however: First, the author jumps around, A LOT, making it sometimes hard to keep up chronologically with what is going on, and when. Second, I couldn't help but wonder if Thomas actually likes A.C. Swinburne. The timbre of the book tends to lean somewhat towards condescension at times, perhaps even derision.
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Shelves: poetry, biography
Easy read, engaging, fair to both man and his work.
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Donald Serrell Thomas is an English author of (primarily) Victorian-era historical, crime and detective fiction, as well as books on factual crime and criminals, in particular several academic books on the history of crime in London. He has written a number of biographies, two volumes of poetry, and has also edited volumes of poetry by John Dryden and the Pre-Raphaelites.
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