This volume brings together Swinburne's major poetic works, ATALANTA IN CALYDON (1865) and POEMS AND BALLADS (1866). ATALANTA IN CALYDON is a drama in classical Greek form, which revealed Swinburne's metrical skills and brought him celebrity. POEMS AND BALLADS brought him notoriety and demonstrates his preoccupation with de Sade, masochism, and femmes fatales. Also reproduced here is 'Notes on Poems and Reviews', a pamphlet Swinburne published in 1866 in response to hostile reviews of POEMS AND BALLADS.
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909) was educated at Eton and at Balliol College, Oxford where he was associated with Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelite circle. His influence on aesthetes such as Pater, and on a later generation of poets was considerable. Kenneth Haynes is Professor of English at Boston University and has co-edited HORACE IN ENGLISH for Penguin Classics.