`Roger Simpson['s] finds are crisp, detailed, and convincing.' MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW The revival of interest in Arthurian literature in the early part of the 19th century has been largely unremarked until now. Roger Simpson's wide-ranging study of this period, in which he traces the dominant forms adopted by the Arthurian revival and presents a wealth of new material, shows it to have been of critical importance in the development of the legend and to have been a powerful early influence on Tennyson, whose role within the Arthurian revival is accordingly reassessed. His book also contains a complete bibliography of early 19th-century Arthurian poetry, drama and prose fiction, together with catalogues of paintings and illustrated books.
ROGER SIMPSON is Director, Centre for Overseas Student Programmes, at the University of East Anglia
`Roger Simpson started investigating influences on a group of Tennyson's early poems, and found himself rewriting a piece of English literary history. His finds are crisp, detailed, and convincing.' MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEWSucceeds admirably as acomprehensive survey of Arthuriana in the 18th and early 19th centuries. MODERN PHILOLOGY`... a welcome addition to an Arthurian library...especially sugnificant for those who are interested in the continuing tradition of Arthur and his entourage. It is meticulously researched and admirably written, and it does indeed encourage a reassessment of the Arthurian revival of the first half of the nineteenth century.' REBECCA COCHRAN, University of Nebraska at Kearney. `A fascinating act of recovery - in turn provides the context for Tennyson's own early Arthurian poems, impressive scholarship.' LINCS HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGY
The historical Arthur; the topographical Arthur; the comic; fairyland allegory; Tennyson and the Arthurian revival. Appendices: catalogues of Arthuriana 1800-1849 - poetry, drama and prose fiction - minor allusions - chronological table - paintings - graphics.