Publishing Swinburne; the poet, his publishers and critics
University of Reading
Department of English Language and Literature
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Simmonds, C. (2014). Publishing Swinburne; the poet, his publishers and critics (Doctoral thesis). https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.13945
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 1870s: 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.
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.
This record's DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.13945