From the blurb;
"Tennyson`s great friend Benjamin Jowett wrote of him; "He would have wished that, like Shakespeare, his life might be unknown to posterity." But in the two hundred years since his death, in 1892, Tennyson`s life has become as much public property as his work. Peter Levi, poet and scholar, inspired by long and deep affection for Tennyson, has made his own way through the vast literature that represents what we know of him to give us a sympathetic but clear-eyed view of a man contradictorily seen as either Victorian spokesman or passionate rebel, and to provide a sensitive and original analysis of his work that perhaps only another poet and classicist could write.
Through the rapidly changing world of the nineteenth century strode a poet with a voracious appetite for life, friend to "great men" like Browning and Carlyle and to the Queen herself after he became Laureate, an indefatigable traveller who never forgot the countryside where he grew up or the Lincolnshire dialect of his youth. Reaching form obscurity to public fame and some fortune in his own time, Tennyson`s private life remains surprisingly open to different interpretation, and Levi throws intriguing new light on the effect on the poet`s thought and work of his unusual family situation, the death of his friend Hallam, and his long-delayed marriage.
Tennyson`s poetry was subject to many and varied influences, from the Greek classics to little-influences, from the Greek classics to little-known poets and contemporary women novelists. These influences, and the energy and range of his vast output, are rich ground mined in this absorbing book which will be indispensable to student and general reader alike."
Excellent pages with some edge-wear. Includes a dust-jacket in good condition.