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Swinburne - Algernon Charles Swinburne - A Selection of his Poetry Compiled by Dame Edith Sitwell - Vintage Book, Pre-Raphaelite Poet

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The Great Pre-Raphaelite Poet
ALGERNON SWINBURNE
A Selection of his Poetry Compiled by
DAME EDITH SITWELL

I feel the following is just as true now as it was when it was first written over forty years ago:

FROM THE DUST-JACKET WRITE-UP:
"Many of the riches of Swinburne's poetry are in danger of neglect, for though everyone who reads poetry is familiar with some of "Laus Veneris" and "Atlanta in Calydon", the time is, nevertheless, long overdue for a fresh selection. Swinburne's image has become unreasonably tarnished, perhaps because of the obiter dicta of some of the more austere English critics.

"Here, Dame Edith Sitwell, herself an important poet and stimulating critic, makes a reappraisal and provides the commentary so badly needed. To her informed selection she contributes a substantial introduction that paves the way for a general re-reading, and reveals new beauties in some of the less-read poems. Dame Edith's qualifications for the task are peculiarly apt and arise from her own well-known interest in poetic sound. 'Swinburne', she writes, 'was a supreme technician with an unbelievable mastery over sound.'

"She states further: ' He was a great tragic poet, walking (as Blake said of himself in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell) among the fires, delighted with the enjoyments of genius, which to the angels look like torments and insanity.' Her irreverent review of the bad influences to which the English poetic ear has been subjected is both instructive as well as highly entertaining.

"Her analysis and illustration of the Swinburne music ranges for examples far and wide, among English and Classical poets, a large body of criticism , and into the other arts, such as music and philosophy. Her short initial biography makes no attempt to present new biographical material, but gives a useful picture of the poet's background - Eton and Pre-Raphaelite London, from which sprang the child 'with the wild an glowing head' of which Gosse wrote."

TITLE : Swinburne - A Selection
AUTHOR: Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837 - 1909)
EDITOR / INTRODUCTION : Dame Edith Sitwell (1887 - 1964)
DATE : (1960)
PLACE : London
IMPRINT : Widenfield and Nicolson
EDITION : First Edition

DESCRIPTION:
Contains an introduction; 286 pages ; 5 1/4" x 8 1/2" (8vo); purple cloth with title in black on spine; pictorial dust-jacket

CONDITION
EXTERIOR : The boards and spine are clean and presentable
INTERIOR : The book has been read but remains clean and presentable
DUST- JACKET : There is a bit of surface abrasion, some edge wear including a few edge tears and nicks (see picture below), else clean and presentable with publisher's price label still intact on flap -- looks nice under protective mylar cover

ALL IN ALL - A VERY NICE, CLEAN COPY
You should not be disappointed!


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Swinburne - Algernon Charles Swinburne - A Selection of his Poetry Compiled by Dame Edith Sitwell - Vintage Book, Pre-Raphaelite Poet

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