Format Hardcover
Publication Date 12/07/13
ISBN 9781605984902
Trim Size / Pages 9.3 x 6.4 in / 448

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To Strive, To Seek, To Find

John Batchelor

In what will be the definitive biography of Alfred Lord Tennyson, an enthralling new study of the major poet of the Victorian era.

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. The poet who wrote The Lady of Shalott and The Charge of the Light Brigade has become a permanent part of our culture, and this thoughtful new biography reveals him to be a fascinating paradigm of both the Romantic and Victorian ideals.

John Batchelor is Emeritus Professor at the University of Newcastle. He was also previously a Fellow of New College, Oxford. His books include biographies of Joseph Conrad, H. G. Wells, Virginia Woolf, and John Ruskin. He lives in Newcastle.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“John Batchelor has written a biography which is commendably careful, highly readable and wholly sensible. It should stand, in years to come, as the most advisable entry point into this most inscrutable of poets.” The Spectator
“This is a perceptive biography, admirably identifying the social origins of Tennyson’s spiritual torments.” The Sunday TImes (London)
“This is a biography for everybody interested in poetry. Any evening devoted to Tennyson would express the whole wonderful, vivid world of the English language.” Antonia Fraser
“John Batchelor’s book is acute in its examination of Tennyson’s character and his importance for Victorian culture.” The Times Literary Supplement