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PARTS I, II, AND III,
CONTAINING PARODIES OF
May still be had.
WILL CONTAIN PARODIES OF THE POEMS OF
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW.
"Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note.”
THE POETS LAUREATE OF ENGLAND
BEING A History of the Office of Poet Laureate, Biographical Notices of its Holders, and
a Collection of the Satires, Epigrams, and Lampoons directed against them.
OPINIONS OF THE PRESS.
«* The author of this amusing volume has spared no pains to make it as complete as possible, and it is a good instance of the progress that we have made of late years in the production of literary history. Mr. Hamilton's pages will not only be found useful for purposes of reference, but extreme entertaining to an idle reader." "The Athenaeum," January 18, 1879.
“ Recommendation can scarcely be necessary to secure proper attention for · The Poets Laureate of England,' by Walter Hamilton, inasmuch as the very title is pretty sure to attract notice and pique curiosity. It may be worth while, however, to remark at once that, what with the care, diligence, and judgment which have apparently been brought to bear upon the whole composition of the book the public have a chance of obtaining a volume so interesting. so trustworthy, so instructive, and so manageable, that they have no small reason to thank the author for his trouble. In his preface and introduction he displays no little learning and research, and brings before his readers information touching matters in which they should be glad to be instructed."-" Illustrated London News." Feb. 15. 1879.
"Mr. Walter Hamilton's little volume is charmingly written and ably arranged, and is the result of research and ingenuity. In his preface he traces the rise of the office of Laureate from an early age in classical antiquity, and proceeds to introduce us to the history of
give evidence of thought and culture. On the whole his book is quite successful, and one which can be heartily recommended, not only for general reading, but for preservation for reference in the library." ---" The Morning Post," February 1, 1879.
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Notices of the Press.
MR. E. L. BLANCHARD says :- .“ There are many playgoers who are somewbat puzzled to understand the full significance of the satire conveyed in the adapted comedy of “The Colonel " at the Prince of Wales's, and Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan's original comic opera of “ Patience," still prolonging its singularly successful career at the Savoy Theatre. To these, and many others, may be safely commended a curiously interesting book, just published, called “The Æsthetic Movement in England." The author, Mr. Walter Hamilton, has treated a very important subject with much care and considerable research. His chapters on the painters and poets of the Æsthetic school are excellently written and replete with information not readily accessible, while his sketch of the career of Mr. Oscar Wilde will solve many questions to which few, even in well-informed circles, could readily reply. -- “ Birmingham Daily Gazette."
MR. W. M. ROSSETTI says :-"There are, I think, many true and pointed observations in your book, and I necessarily sympathise in the general point of view which it adopts on the questions at issue."
MR. G. A. Sala writes :-"Many thanks for your book on ‘The Æsthetic Movement in England.' It will be historically curious and valuable long after the silly opposition to the movement has passed away.”
“ The West Middlesex Advertiser" thus described the scope of the work :-“ The origin of the Æsthetic Movement in England is here ascribed to the small circle of artists and poets who styled themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, as far back as 1848. These were seven young Oxford students, namely, Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Woolner, William Michael Rossetti, G. F. Stevens, and James Collinson, and they started a small magazine, entitled “The Germ," to advocate their peculiar views in art and poetry. After describing the attacks this circle was subjected to, and Mr. Ruskin's able defence of it, comes an outline of Ruskin's influence on art, and Sir Coutts Lindsay's formation of the Grosvenor Gallery, in which nearly all the most celebrated pictures of the Esthetic School have been exhibited, including the works of E. Burne-Jones, who is by some held to be the head of the School in painting, and the peculiar paintings by J. A, M. Whistler. In connection with the latter artist, an account is given of the remarkable action for libel he brought against Mr. Ruskin,
“ The chapter devoted to ' Æsthetic Culture' is one that will probably excite the greatest interest and curiosity; in it the in Huencc of the new School on art, music, architecture, furniture and dress is distinctly pointed out: and the undoubted vood it has achieved prove that the ridicule which has hitherto been directed against the Æsthetes was both unjust and unreasonable.
“The poetry of the Esthetic School is next described, and naturally leads up to an account of Robert Buchanan's attacks ujion Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Fleshly School, with the law-suit that arose out of the curious anonymous poem, " Jonas Fisher." These chapters are full of literary details, which will interest admirers of Swinburne, Morris, Rossetti, and Buchanan, whilst the article on (scar Wilde contains facts and anecdotes concerning that talented young poet, which will certainly be new to the general public, and extracts from his poems of a stanıp likely to astonish some of those who now think it good form'to sneer at the Æsthetic bard.
“ The author has throughout treated his topic in a reverent spirit; indeed, he deprecates the frivolity of those who, without understanding its aims or meaning, choose to ridieule Estheticism, and if he is not himself an Esthete, he is at any rate an appreciative Philistine."
ALTHOUGH Parodies abound in English Literature no attempt has yet been madle to publish a complete collection of these amusing Jeux d'esprit, many of which have been composed by our greatest humourists.
It is now proposed to publish, in monthly parts, a collection of Parodies, both in verse and in prose, drawn from every available source, and illustrative of all the most celebrated writings in the English Language, together with such notes, explanatory, biographical, or bibliographical, as may be required to elucidate the text.
Each of the principal authors will be taken separately, and the series will commence with Parodies of the works of Alfred Tennyson, Poet Laureate, to be followed by Shakespeare, Swinburne, Wordsworth, Byron, Scott, Moore, Longfellow, Poe, Goldsmith, Gray, Lord Macaulay, Dickens, Carlyle, Ruskin, and a number of other favorite authors.
Full details will be given of the origin, and contents, of all the most famous collections vi English Parodies, such as Charles Cotton's Travesties; John Phillips's Splendid Shilling ; The Probationary Odes : Ireland's Shakespearian Forgeries ; Hone's account of his Three Trials; The Rejected Addresses, 1812 ; The Rejected Odes, 1813 ; Posthumous Parodies, 1814 ; Accepted Addresses ; The Bon Gaultier Ballads, &c., dic.
The Editor offers no apology for Parody in itself, suffice it to say it exists, that the public appear pleased with it, and that no man with literary tastes can entirely ignore it.
As will be seen from many examples here printed the object of a Parody is very seldom to ridicule its original, more often on the contrary it does it honor, if only by taking it as worthy of innitation or burlesque.
Every endeavour will be made to render the collection complete, and free from political or other bias.
The Editor tenders his best thanks to those gentlemen who have kindly permitted extracts to be taken from their works, and will be grateful for information as to any Parodies which may have escaped his notice.
The series will be published in Monthly Parts, price Sixpence, or the first Six Parts will be sent, post free, to Subscribers, for Two Shillings and Sixpence..
The First Volume will be completed in Twelve Parts, for which a Title-page and Index will be issued.
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