Unpublished Letters of Matthew Arnold


The centenary of Matthew Arnold can not fail to remind us of the ever-widening chasm between contemporary literature and the masterpieces of the Victorian era. With the exception of Meredith and Swinburne he was the youngest of the great Victorians. Many of the older generation will remember hearing him lecture and yet to the average college student of to-day he belongs as irretrievably to the past as Pope or Dryden.

The publication of these few letters will perhaps revivify Matthew Arnold more effectively than any critical appreciation. Most of them belong to the period of his young manhood when the call of literature sounded louder in his ears than that of political and social reform. After all, lovers of poetry will agree with Tennyson's dictum that "Mat. Arnold must not write any more of those prose things like Literature and Dogma but give us something like his Thyrsis, Scholar-Gipsy or Forsaken Merman"--a remark incidentally that "Mat. Arnold" enjoyed as much as anybody. No . . .

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New Haven
Publication year:
  • 1923


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