Tennyson by John Batchelor
To Strive, To Seek, To Find

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Alfred Tennyson's life has now been picked over enough. Better to revisit his greatest poem.
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Alfred Lord Tennyson, Queen Victoria’s favorite poet, commanded a wider readership than any other of his time. His ascendancy was neither the triumph of pure genius nor an accident of history: he skillfully crafted his own career and his relationships with his audience. Fame and recognition came, lavishly and in abundance, but the hunger for more never left him. Resolving never to be anything except “a poet,” he wore his hair long, smoked incessantly, and sported a cloak and wide-brimmed Spanish hat. Tennyson ranged widely in his poetry, turning his interests in geology, evolution, and Arthurian legend into verse, but much of his work relates to his personal life.
The poet who wrote “The Lady of Shalott” and “The Charge of the Light Brigade” has become a permanent part of our culture. This enjoyable and thoughtful new biography shows him as a Romantic as well as a Victorian, exploring both the poems and the pressures of his era, and the personal relationships that made the man.
 

About John Batchelor

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JOHN BATCHELOR is Professor of English Literature at the University of Newcastle, having previously been a Fellow of New College Oxford. His previous biographies include books about Ruskin, Virginia Woolf, H.G. Wells and Conrad. He is editor of the literary magazine Modern Language Review (English and American Literature).
 
Published December 3, 2013 by Pegasus Books. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Sep 28 2013

By the time of Tennyson’s death, a new generation of readers threatened to erode his monumental reputation. This fine biography revives the difficult, moody, complex man whose works captivated the Victorian world.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Sep 30 2013

...he is less successful in capturing and integrating details of the Victorian era, despite his desire to show his eccentric subject to be “more centrally Victorian than previous biographies have displayed.”

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Rachel Cooke on Nov 16 2012

Alfred Tennyson's life has now been picked over enough. Better to revisit his greatest poem.

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WSJ online

Above average
Reviewed by ALEXANDRA MULLEN on Feb 06 2014

Mr. Batchelor's book is by far the most serious and just biography of Tennyson in a long time, replacing the worthy but perhaps overly psychoanalytical 1980 biography by Richard Bernard Martin. Blessed with a good ear and common sense, Mr. Batchelor writes smooth prose capable of bite...

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