THE success which has attended the publication of my Tennyson Concordance in 1912, has prompted me to undertake the compilation of this Dictionary.
The book is intended as a work of reference for all lovers of Tennyson's works. Its principal function is to identify and describe the multitudinous characters, place-names, etc.--whether fictitious or historical--created or utilized by the Poet; anything, therefore, in the nature of criticism is entirely outside its scope.
The two chief features claimed for this compilation are brevity and accuracy. The Synopses furnish a short explanatory account of the Poems and Plays, and the Dictionary proper a short description of the characters and place-names, together with the names of towns, rivers, horses, birds, flowers, etc. In all there are some 2,040 entries.
A list of the books consulted or quoted throughout the work is appended; and for the valuable information obtained from them I take this opportunity of expressing my acknowledgments.
A. E. B.