Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Swinburne: The Poet in His World” as Want to Read:
Swinburne: The Poet in His World
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Swinburne: The Poet in His World

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  5 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
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)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Swinburne, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Swinburne

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-16 of 16)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
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.
Marilyn Moreau
Jun 20, 2013 Marilyn Moreau rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, biography
Easy read, engaging, fair to both man and his work.
Chris Craddock
Chris Craddock marked it as to-read
Sep 29, 2016
Tomek marked it as to-read
Jun 17, 2016
Kevin rated it really liked it
Mar 06, 2016
Michael Reist
Michael Reist rated it it was amazing
Aug 27, 2015
Hattie Quinn
Hattie Quinn marked it as to-read
Jun 20, 2015
Keith marked it as to-read
Oct 03, 2015
Claudia marked it as to-read
Mar 30, 2014
Topper added it
Jan 02, 2013
Kathy rated it liked it
Oct 19, 2013
Christie marked it as to-read
May 18, 2012
Raine Szramski
Raine Szramski is currently reading it
Mar 31, 2012
Moira Russell
Moira Russell marked it as to-read
Sep 10, 2011
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
aka Francis Selwyn

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.
More about Donald Thomas...

Share This Book