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Victorian celebrity culture and Tennyson's circle

Victorian celebrity culture and Tennyson's circle

Boyce, Charlotte, author; Finnerty, Paraic, 1974- author; Millim, Anne-Marie, author

By 1850, Alfred Tennyson was not merely the Poet Laureate, a commercially successful and critically acclaimed author, he was one of Britain's leading celebrities. Offering new analysis of the workings of Victorian celebrity, this volume explores the ever-expanding compass of Tennyson's fame and the efforts of the poet and others to control this phenomenon. It shows that Tennyson's retreat from mainland publicity to the secluded Isle of Wight and his limiting of his social circle to that of family and like-minded guests, only increased the demand of fans and tourists for access to the poet. Through an analysis of poetry, paintings, photography, illustrations, memoirs, reminiscences, diaries, letters, and newspaper and periodical articles, this book shows that Tennyson's fashioning of his reluctant celebrity affected not only his own life and works, but also had an effect on his celebrity and non-celebrity friends, and on the (self-)construction of his fans

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Published Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
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Statement of responsibility: by Charlotte Boyce, Paraic Finnerty and Anne-Marie Millim
ISBN: 113700794X, 9781137007933, 9781137007940
Note: Tennyson experienced at first hand the all-pervasive nature of celebrity culture. It caused him to retreat from the eyes of the world. This book delineates Tennyson's reluctant celebrity and its effects on his writings, on his coterie of famous and notable friends and on the ever-expanding, media-led circle of Tennyson's admirers.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 1 online resource [vii, 265 pages] : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: England Intellectual life 19th century.; Authors; Authors and readers Great Britain History 19th century.; Literature; Fame Social aspects Great Britain History 19th century.; Tennyson, Lord Alfred, Baron, 1809-1892 Friends and associates.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form.


  1. List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction 1. At Home with Tennyson
  2. Virtual Literary Tourism and the Commodification of Celebrity in the Periodical Press 2. 'This is the sort of fame for which I have given my life': G. F. Watts, Edward Lear and Portraits of Fame and Nonsense 3. 'She Shall be Made Immortal'
  3. Julia Margaret Cameron's Photography and the Construction of Celebrity 4. Personal Museums: the Fan Diaries of Lewis Carroll and William Allingham 5. 'Troops of unrecording friends'
  4. Vicarious Celebrity in the Memoir 6. 'Much honour and much fame were lost'
  5. Idylls of the King and Camelot's Celebrity Circle Bibliography Index