Nineteenth-Century Prose

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 1, Winter

A Matter of Ellipsis: Love, Strife, and the Pressure for Specialty in Matthew Arnold's "Empedocles on Etna"
I In what has amounted to a definitive article on Matthew Arnold's "Empedocles on Etna," Walter Houghton claims that "No one can read [Empedocles'] existing Fragments, or what is known of his life and times, and imagine that Arnold was trying to...
Arnold on Tennyson
In The Yale Manuscript Arnold singles out Homer, the Old Testament, and Shakespeare for their distinction in both matter and manner that enabled them to achieve a rare wholeness. As examples of one-sided, incomplete achievements, he points to "the...
Cross-Atlantic Influence
Robert Weisbuch, Atlantic Double-Cross: American Literature and British Influence in the Age of Emerson. Chicago UP, 1987. 360pp. In Atlantic Double-Cross Robert Weisbuch applies the theories of Anglo-American literary relations of the mid-nineteenth...
Editor's Notes
As I reviewed the materials for this, the first issue of Nineteenth Century Prose, I was reminded of the lines from Tennyson's Idylls of the King: The old order changeth, yielding place to new And God fulfills himself in many ways, Lest one...
Flawed Lives
Karl Beckson. Arthur Symons: A Life. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987. 402 pp. Karl Beckson's biography of Arthur Symons will surely take its place with the handful of other attempts to comprehend the complex nature of the popularizer of Symbolism...
George Eliot and Culture
Mary Wilson Carpenter. George Eliot and the Landscape of Time: Narrative Form and Protestant Apocalyptic History. Chapel Hill, N. C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1986. 246 pp. Daniel Cottom. Social Figures: George Eliot, Social History,...
Parenthood and Politics: Some Reflections on the Shared Values of Matthew and Eleanor Arnold
During December 1888, ten months after Matthew Arnold's death, Frances Arnold announced the engagement of their younger daughter, Eleanor, to Armine Wodehouse, younger son of the Liberal statesman, Lord Kimberley. (1) In writing to an American friend,...
Ruskinian Architecture
Michael W. Brooks. John Ruskin and Victorian Architecture. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1987. 364pp. I always advise my pupils to read, as I did, The Seven Lamps of Architecture and The Stones of Venice, though I am obligated to warn them that...
Sartor Resartus Revisited: Carlylean Echoes in Crane's the Red Badge of Courage
That the writings of Thomas Carlyle have been widely influential is, of course, a truism. A reader with a close knowledge of Carlyle often finds echoes of him in unexpected places in the works of others. An example of this may he seen in the works...
The Language of Decadence
Linda Dowling. Language and Decadence in the Victorian Fin de Siecle. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986. 294 pp. Linda Dowling's Language and Decadence is a major contribution to the scholarship on Victorian fin de siecle. Assiduously...
The Motive of Return in Matthew Arnold's Writings
In an essay entitled "A Reading of Longinus," Neil Hertz acknowledges the willingness of admirers of Longinus "to release him from the strictures of theoretical discourse and allow him the license of a poet,"(1) and he also recognizes W. K. Wimsatt's...
Victorian Metaphors for Poetry
W. David Shaw. The Lucid Veil: Poetic Truth in the Victorian Age. Madison, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1987. 311 pp. Taking his title from Tennyson's In Memoriam, David Shaw focuses his examination of Victorian poetics and philosophy...
Victorian Sentimentalism
Fred Kaplan. Sacred Tears: Sentimentality in Victorian Literature. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987. 156 pp. In Sacred Tears, Fred Kaplan approaches Victorian sentimentalism as a question of intellectual history. Focusing on Dickens and...