London Society Volume 22

London Society Volume 22

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...other with a wall of ice. To hear the gentleman who can 'hunt sweet love and lose him between white neck and bosom, ' and who can publish such a revolting episode as 'The Leper, ' complaining that Mr. Tennyson's.' Vivien' is nothing but a vulgar and repulsive offender against morality, would be amusing if such subjects could amuse. Imagine what 'Vivien' would be in Mr. Swinburne's hands! No, let us not imagine it; for his warm genius would have been probably more terribly misapplied in describing Vivien's fleshly charms, and her seduction of Merlin, than in 'Laus Veneris, ' or 'Before Dawn.' It is, I think, to be regretted that Mr. Buchanan did not single out Mr. Swinburne as the object of his attack, and not Mr. Rosetti. He has undoubtedly selected the weakest adversary, and not the worst. Mr. Rosetti's writings possess neither the fascination nor the flow of Mr. Swinburne's, nor can he boast the inborn genius or glowing imagination of his friend. Possibly he may personally be the happier for the fact; and he may, perhaps, to a certain extent command our sympathy, that David should have mistaken an ordinary son of Anak for Goliath of Gath. He is, however, to be congratulated that Mr. Swinburne considered that the round stone fitted his own forehead, and has presented his unabashed visage to the hostile sling. The Philistine, however, takes a deal of killing; and I do not believe that Mr. Buchanan will take another shot; nor would the public care to pursue the con troversy further. The process of dissecting the Fleshly School of Poetry is by no means appetizing; and the more its peculiar economy is laid bare to our gaze, the less we like it. That Mr. Sheridan Le Fanu has a grisly fancy, and a grim power over his readers, no one who has...show more

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  • Paperback | 292 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 526g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236837193
  • 9781236837196