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Title: Publishing Swinburne : the poet, his publishers and critics
Author: Simmonds, Clive
ISNI:       0000 0004 2750 1016
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis examines the publishing history of Algernon Charles Swinburne during his lifetime (1837-1909). The first chapter presents a detailed narrative from his first book in 1860 to the mid 18705: it includes the scandal of Poems and Ballads in 1866; his subsequent relations with the somewhat dubious John Camden Hotten; and then his search to find another publisher who was to be Andrew Chatto, with whom Swinburne published for the rest of his life. It is followed by a chapter which looks at the tidal wave of criticism generated by Poems and Ballads but which continued long after, and shows how Swinburne responded. The third and central chapter turns to consider the periodical press, important throughout his career not just for reviewing but also as a very significant medium for publishing poetry. Chapter 4 on marketing looks closely at the business of producing and of selling Swinburne's output. Finally Chapter 5 deals with some aspects of his career after the move to Putney, and shows that while Theodore Watts, his friend and in effect his agent, was making conscious efforts to reshape the poet, some of Swinburne's interests were moving with the tide of public taste; how this was demonstrated in particular by his volume of Selections and how his poetic oeuvre was finally consolidated in the Collected Edition at the end of his life. The thesis shows that popular interest was mainly on his earlier poetry, and suggests his high contemporary reputation (which was not fully reflected in sales) was maintained by the periodical press.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Publishers and publishing--Great Britain--History--19th century. ; Swinburne ; Algernon Charles ; 1837-1909--Bibliography. ; English poetry--19th century--History and criticism. ; Journalism and literature--Great Britain--History--19th century. ; Poetry--Publishing--Great Britain--History--19th century. ; Swinburne ; Algernon Charles ; 1837-1909--Criticism and interpretation.