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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.”
THB 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 extremely entertaining to an idle reader."-" The Athenæum," 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 irr which they sbould 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
e usually just and 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.
In cloth, gilt, price five shillings, post free from the Author.
Copies may be ordered of WALTER HAMILTON, 64, Bromfelde Road, Clapham, S.W., or of the
Publishers, Messrs. REEVES & TURNER, 196, Strand, W.C,
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 Asthetic 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. Sald 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 Æsthetic 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 l'emarkable 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 gooi! it has achieve
has hitherto been directed against the Esthetes 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 Oscar Wilde contains facts aud anecdotes concerning that talented young poet, which will certainly be new to the general public, and extracts from his poems of a stamp likely to astonish some of those who now think it good form' to sneer at the Esthetic bard.
"The author has throughout treated his topic in a reverent spirit; indeed, he deprecates the frivolitr of those who. without understanding its aims or meaning, choose to ridicule Estheticism, and if he is not himself an Esthete, he is at any rate an appreciative Philistine."
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