A Gift Imprisoned: The Poetic Life of Matthew Arnold
ISBN 10: 0465044212 / 0-465-04421-2
ISBN 13: 9780465044214
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: 1999
Acclaimed biographer Ian Hamilton explores the life of poet and social prophet Matthew Arnold--an impassioned lyric poet who became Victorian England's best-known educational reformer and literary critic.
"[T]he keynotes of Ian Hamilton's biography are folly and frustration....Hamilton's point is a polemic, corrective one, and it is this that makes his book such a thought-provoking intervention....Hamilton's invaluable achievement in A GIFT IMPRISONED is to have shifted attention away from Arnold the prose diagnostician and back to the...poet..."
Nicholas Jenkins, New York Times Book Review, 0/20/1999
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