THIS book owes a special debt to two of my friends. First of all, I am deeply grateful to Sir Edward Marsh for the encouragement, suggestions, and valuable advice which he gave me during the writing of this study. Secondly, I owe my thanks to Mr. Frederick Page, who has made Coventry Patmore a life- long study, and who generously gave me the benefit of all his researches and knowledge, though he is in no way committed to some of my conclusions.
In making this new and revised edition, my thanks are also due to the Marchioness of Crewe, for permission to print a number of letters of Coventry Patmore now among the Houghton Papers, and to Mr. James Pope-Hennessy for help in revision and advice about Richard Monckton-Milnes, and I owe a special debt to Mr. Michael Sadleir for his help in obtaining an important collection of hitherto unpublished Patmore letters.
Finally, I owe grateful acknowledgments to the following for permission to reprint copyright material: To Messrs. Bell & Sons for use of photographs and material in Basil Champneys' Memoirs and Correspondence of Coventry Patmore; to Mr. Gerard Hopkins and the Oxford University Press for an hitherto unpublished and other letters of Gerard Manley Hopkins; to Messrs. Hodder & Stoughton for allowing me to quote passages from Coventry Patmore by Sir Edmund Gosse; to Mr. Philip Gosse for permission to print unpublished letters of Sir Edmund Gosse; to Mr. Kenneth Sisam, executor of the Robert Bridges estate, to print unpublished letters of Robert Bridges; to Messrs. Longmans, Green & Co., for allowing me to reprint passages from A Daughter of Coventry Patmore: Sister Mary Christina, S.H.C.J.; to Mr. Wilfrid Meynell and his daughter, Viola, for permission to quote poems and letters from Alice Meynell; to the executors of the estate of Captain Francis Patmore, for permission to use Coventry Patmore's poems and his hitherto