The Letters of Matthew Arnold v. 3; 1866-70 (Victorian Literature & Culture)

The Letters of Matthew Arnold v. 3; 1866-70 (Victorian Literature & Culture)

By: Matthew Arnold (author), Cecil Y. Lang (volume_editor)Hardback

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The letters in this volume show Arnold, now midway in his professional career, publishing his first volume of poems in a decade and emerging as a critic - simultaneously - of society, of education, of religion, and, as always, of politics. In 1867 he publishes ""New Poems"", containing several of his best-known and most beloved works, ""Dover Beach, ""Thyrsis"", ""Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse"", and many others, including the first reprint since 1852 of ""Empedocles on Etna"", and in 1869 ""Culture and Anarchy"", of which the germ is visible in a remarkable letter to his mother in 1867, as well as the influential reports on continental schools, and the seminal ""St. Paul and Protestantism"". The letters to his mother and other family members continue unabated; two of his sons die, their deaths recorded in wrenching accents; his essays, possibly by design, draw flak from all directions, which Arnold evades (any poet to any critic) as adroitly or disarmingly as usual; for two years he takes into his home an Italian prince; and he is awarded an honourary Oxford degree. He remains in every way both Establishment and anti-Establishment, both courteous, as has been said, and something better than courteous: honest.

About Author

Cecil Y. Lang was Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Virginia. He was the editor of The Swinburne Letters, New Writings of Swinburne, and The Pre-Raphaelites and Their Circle, and coeditor of The Tennyson Letters.

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  • ISBN13: 9780813917658
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 544
  • ID: 9780813917658
  • ISBN10: 0813917654

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