First published in 1968. Richard Hengist Horne, virtually unknown today, was one of the more extraordinary figures of the nineteenth century literary scene. The author of an epic poem Orion was acclaimed a work of genius by almost every English critic. His voluminous literary output is for the most part forgotten, but his life and character, his widely romantic aspirations to be a Man of Genius, provide a fascinating tragi-comic study. As a background study to the literature and society of the time, Ann Blainey’s book is packed with interest and anecdote, and as a study of a remarkable man it is consistently entertaining.
Table of Contents
1. Blood of Youth 2. The Mission Revealed 3. Midshipman in Mexico 4. Fallen Fruit 5. The False Medium 6. Craven Hill 7. An Unacted Dramatist 8. The Pit of Talent 9. The Cry Within 10. Smoky Symbols 11. Flowers in a Greenhouse 12. The Farthing Epic 13. The Disastrous Menagerie 14. Man as Man 15. Marriage 16. ‘For I am Free’ 17. The Seductive Shore 18. Adrift 19. The Blue Mountain 20. The Mission Triumphant; Acknowledgements; Notes and Bibliography
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