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A Gift Imprisoned By Ian Hamilton

A Gift Imprisoned by Ian Hamilton

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A biographical assessment of Matthew Arnold, the Victorian social prophet and prose writer, as a poet. The author also considers other aspects of the writer's life, such as the identity of Marguerite, Arnold's abandonment of poetry, and his moral crusade to make a difference to society through his work.

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A Gift Imprisoned: Poetic Life of Matthew Arnold by Ian Hamilton

Matthew Arnold had two lives. In his later years, he was Victorian England's best-known social prophet, educational reformer and literary critic. In his youth, he was an impassioned lyric poet, deeply at odds with his "damned times". From the very start, however, Arnold viewed his poetry-writing self as irresponsible and deliquent. As the eldest son of Dr Arnold of Rugby, the great shaper of Victorian morality, his destiny - he knew - was inescapable. For about 20 years, however, he made efforts to resist this destiny and this book is the story of that losing battle. As a biographical narrative, it confronts a number of puzzles. Chief among these is the much-pondered Marguerite. Who was she: a dream-girl, an invention born of too much exposure to the novels of George Sand, or a real person Arnold met in Switzerland in 1848?

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GOR011293802
9780747536710
0747536716
A Gift Imprisoned: Poetic Life of Matthew Arnold by Ian Hamilton
Used - Like New
Hardback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
1998-03-19
288
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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