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Victorian Poets and the Changing Bible (Victorian Literature and Culture Series) Hardcover – November 17, 2011
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"Victorian Poets and the Changing Bible is an extraordinarily good book. The theme, that of the way in which the ‘higher criticism’ of the Bible affected a key selection of Victorian poets, is brilliantly original in the way that it explores the reverberation of critical ideas across the most unexpected poems. LaPorte is enormously literate and writes with clarity, subtlety, and a sharp wit. His range of reading is vast, covering not merely the works of the writers themselves but also their correspondence and related material, not to mention, of course, the miscellaneous works and sermons of die-hard opponents of the new criticism. This is an outstanding work."(Stephen Prickett, Regius Professor Emeritus, University of Glasgow, and Honorary Professor of English, University of Kent at Canterbury)
Victorian Poetry and the Changing Bible redefines a significant post-Romantic poetic tradition inspired by transformative nineteenth-century biblical studies. LaPorte’s readings of canonical works such as Aurora Leigh, The Idylls of the King, and The Ring and the Book will include something new for all Victorian scholars given his repeated ability to link his commentary on poetics, with a seemingly effortless touch, to the period’s wider literary culture. Drawing on a mastery of British and European biblical scholarship as well as an impressive range of sources snatched from the age’s vast archive of periodical writings, this exciting, learned study will renew and revise our understanding of the experimental verve animating so much of Victorian poetry.(William R. McKelvy, author of The English Cult of Literature: Devoted Readers, 1774–1880)
About the Author
Charles LaPorte is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Washington.