Tennyson and mid-Victorian publishing: Moxon, poetry, commerce

Cheshire, Jim (2017) Tennyson and mid-Victorian publishing: Moxon, poetry, commerce. Palgrave Macmillan, London. ISBN 9781137338143, 9781137338150

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Abstract

This book examines how Tennyson’s career was mediated, organised and directed by the publishing industry. Founded on neglected archival material, it examines the scale and distribution of Tennyson’s book sales in Britain and America, the commercial logic of publishing poetry, and how illustrated gift books and visual culture both promoted and interrogated the Poet Laureate and his life. Major publishers had become disillusioned with poetry by the time that Edward Moxon founded his business in 1830 but by the mid-1860s, his firm presided over a resurgence in poetry based on Tennyson’s work. Moxon not only orchestrated Tennyson’s rise to fame but was a major influence on how the Victorian public experienced the poetry of the Romantic period. This study reevaluates his crucial role, and examines how he repackaged poetry for the Victorian public.

Keywords:Tennyson, Edward Moxon, Poetry, Publishing History, William Wordsworth, Book Illustration, Literary Celebrity, Photography
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W220 Illustration
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q321 English Literature by period
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q322 English Literature by author
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V370 History of Design
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V144 Modern History 1800-1899
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (Heritage)
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Deposited On:03 Mar 2017 10:30

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