Nineteenth-Century Prose

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 2, Summer

Coleridge and the Crisis of Interrupted Discourse: The Tower of Babel, the House of Fame, and the Biographia Literaria
What remains ... looks like the fragments of the winding steps of an old ruined tower. Biographia Literaria (I.302-3) It has been my lot to have had my name introduced both in conversation, and in print, more frequently than I find it easy to...
Fact and Fiction in Gosse's Father and Son
It has often been assumed that autobiographies are non-fictional attempts by authors to tell the "simple truth" about their lives. And while recent theory of autobiography has raised serious questions about such simple non-fictional autobiographical...
Isolation and the Sense of Assumed Superiority in Sir James Frazer's the Golden Bough
Literary critics have traced the influence of Sir James Frazer's The Golden Bough through the works of authors as diverse as Scott Fitzgerald and Sigmund Freud. Almost no modern writer has escaped the scrutiny of comparison. (2) However, only a few...
Ruskin at the Folger
The sheaf of five letters the Folger written by John Ruskin suggests that in spite of the Library s indisputable renown its riches are not always Shakespeare unalloyed. These letters show Ruskin as a collector of Shakespeareana, a sensitive reader...
"The Shadow of Ourselves": Early Victorian Poetics
Oh, that our dreamings all of sleep or wake Would all their colours from the sunset take, From something of the material sublime, Rather than shadow our own soul's daytime In the dark void of night. Keats, Letter to Reynolds ...