Thames & Hudson, 1976, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Near Fine Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine, First Edition
Matthew Arnold was the Victorian writer who left the most lasting mark on British society: his incessant campaigning, in books and articles and reports, paved the way for the national system of secondary education created by the great Education Act of 1902. His urbanity and good manners did not conceal his refusal to subscribe to Victorian assumption: he was a public figure - and a great public servant, with his feet firmly on the ground of all the pavements he trod as an inspector of schools. Dr. Rowse has the new suggestion to make, and a new approach to offer, in his view that Arnold's poetry owed much to the Celtic temperament of his mother's side of the family: gaiety and sparkle on the surface, an inner melancholy and pessimism below. One sees this even in the poems addressed to the unknown Marguerite, with whom he had the major emotional experience of his life. Other poems, as well as his �Study of Celtic Literature�, give evidence of this aspect of Arnold's mind, which has been hardly realized before now. Dr Rowse, an intimate as well as a learned biographer, points the contrast with the influence of Matt's father, turning him away from poetry to his momentous work for primary and secondary education. We follow a varied career ranging from Secretary to Lord Lansdowne to Professor of Poetry at Oxford; we see him frequently on the Continent, in touch with developments and thought there, the most European of Victorians. The man, his work - and his significance: no previous book has so effectively portrayed the whole. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 208 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Dust Jacket is in as new condition, apart from normal shop shelf wear - contains no tears or chips or other damage. Dust Jacket un-clipped. Gilt titles spine with gilt publisher's device to front. brown cloth; illustrated by b/w. drawings & photo's.. Includes index & suggestions for further reading. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Poets; Victorian Literature; Education; England; 19th century; Literature & Literary. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3988.