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Literary publications

Literary research and publications

My main area of research since completing my doctorate has been the life and works of A.C. Swinburne.  In 1987 Nicholas Shrimpton and I organized the Oxford Swinburne Conference at Balliol.  In 1993 Scolar Press published The Whole Music of Passion, a book of essays on Swinburne which I edited with Nicholas Shrimpton, and to which I contributed two chapters.

Book cover of A C Swinburne: A Poet's LifeMy biography A.C. Swinburne: A Poet’s Life was published in 1997. In 2009 I co-edited a special issue of Victorian Poetry dedicated to Swinburne.

My reviews, literary criticism and research have appeared in Notes and Queries, English, The Review of English Studies, English Language Notes (Colorado), English Literature in Transition (Indiana), Victorian Poetry (Virginia),  Victorians Institute Journal (East Carolina), Victorian Newsletter (Kentucky), Bronte Society Transactions, Antiquarian Book Monthly Review, Book and Magazine Collector, and the Pre‑Raphaelite Society Newsletter.


Cover of The Whole Music of Passion
A. C. Swinburne: A Poet’s Life (Scolar Press, 1997)

(editor) Swinburne: Lives of Victorian Literary Figures (Pickering and Chatto, 2008)

The Whole Music of Passion: New Essays on Swinburne (Scolar Press, edited with Nicholas Shrimpton, 1993). Includes two essays – ‘A Century of Swinburne Criticism’ and ‘The Algernonicon, or Thirteen Ways of Looking at Tristram of Lyonesse’.

A C Swinburne and the Singing WordA C Swinburne and the Singing Word (edited by Yisrael Levin)

Swinburne articles and reviews

[ABMR = Antiquarian Book Monthly Review; B&MC = Book and Magazine Collector; E = English; ELN = English Language Notes; ELT = English Literature in Transition; NQ = Notes and Queries; PRSN = Pre‑Raphaelite Society Newsletter; RES = Review of English Studies; TP = Textual Practice; VP = Victorian Poetry; VIJ = Victorians Institute Journal; VN = Victorian Newsletter. BST = Bronte Society Transactions.]

Aut.     1985    Swinburne in Miniature: A Century of Roundels, VP 23/3, pp.249‑265. Repr. in Poetry Criticism, vol. 24 (Gale Research Detroit, 1999)  pp.321‑329.

Dec      1987    Swinburne and Rossetti: Three Unpublished Letters, NQ 34/4, p.497.

Win.    1988    Swinburne Without Tears: A Guide to the Later Poetry, VP 26/4, pp.413‑429.  Repr. in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, vol. 36 (Gale Research Detroit)  pp.341‑348.

1989    The Swinburne Collection at Balliol, VIJ 17, pp.171‑179.

Jun   1989    A. H. Harrison, Swinburne’s Medievalism, NQ 36/2, p.253.

1990    The Swinburne Collection at Worcester College, VIJ 18, pp.175‑183.

Nov     1990    The Case of Commoner Swinburne, RES XLI/164, pp.510‑520.

The works of A.C. Swinburne, B&MC 80, pp.68‑75.

Sep      1991    Swinburne’s Reginald, NQ 38/3, p.322.

1992    Swinburne’s Later Elegies, VIJ 20, pp.137‑158.

May     1992    Swinburne, ABMR XIX/217, pp.202‑208.

M. K. Louis, Swinburne and his Gods, RES XLIII/170, p.275.

Jun       1992    A Swinburne Tragedy, NQ 39/2, p.185.

The loneliness of the long distance Swinburnean, PRSN.

Oct      1992    Green Algy: Swinburne’s later poems, PRSN.

Jan       1993    Swinburne’s “Boo”  Rides Again, RES XLIV/173, pp.77‑82.

Mar      1993    Swinburne: The Admiral to the Rescue, NQ 40/1, pp.50‑52.

Sep       1993    Christopher Newall, John William Inchbold (Leeds City Art Gallery exhib. cat.).  I provided material on Inchbold and Swinburne for the introductory essay.

Dec      1993    A. C. Swinburne’s Lesbia Brandon and the Death of Edith Swinburne, NQ 40/4, pp.487‑490.

Sep      1994    Swinburne’s Noble Deed, NQ 41, 356-357.

Spr       1995    Swinburne’s Internal Centre: Reply to an article, VN 87, pp. 25-29. (For a discussion of this article see Margot Louis, ‘Swinburne’, Guide to the Year’s Work, VP 33, 565-72)

Jun    1995    Swinburne’s Revision of  the ‘Prelude’ to Tristram of Lyonesse, NQ 42, pp. 200-201.

Spr       1996    “Regret”: A Swinburne Revision, VP 34, 1, 117-120.

1997    Commissioned to write a new entry on Swinburne for the revised DNB

Swinburne and the Brontes,  BST 22, 86-95

Spr       1997    A.C.Swinburne’s ‘A Nine Days Wonder’, VIJ 24, 195-224

May     1997    Collecting Rare and Private Press Swinburne, B&MC 158, 26-35

Sept     1997    Anthologizing Algernon: the Problem of Swinburne’s Later Poetry, ELT, 40:3, 299-309

Swinburne on Coleridge: An Uncollected Letter, NQ 352-353

Aut      1997    Note of a Swinburne Biographer on the Algernon Crusade, PRSN 5, 3,  16-2

Win     1999    Two Swinburne Photograph albums, VP, 37, 4, 549-551

Spring  2002    K.Haynes (ed.) Poems and Ballads & Atalanta in Calydon, TP 16, 1, 130-33

Sum     2005    Terry L. Meyers,  The Uncollected Letters of A.C.Swinburne +

Jerome J.McGann, Swinburne Selected Poems and Prose VP 43, 266-74

Apr      2009    Swinburne B&MC 306, 104-113

Win     2009    co-edited special issue of VP 47, 4 dedicated to Swinburne

2015                A C Swinburne and Balliol College Balliol College Annual Record 49-54


Other articles and reviews

Mar      1984    A Graves Revision, ELN  XXI/3, pp.53‑57.

Jun       1988    N. Crook, D. Guiton, Shelley’s Venomed Melody, NQ 35/2, p.250.

Spr        1989    E. Jordan, Alfred Tennyson; R. Edmond, Affairs of the Hearth, E  XXXVIII/160, p.83.

Jun       1989    P. J. Keane, Yeats’ Interactions with Tradition, NQ, p.258.

P. Parrinder, The Failure of Theory: Essays on Criticism and Contemporary Fiction, NQ, p.282.

Dec      1989    R. Bowlby, Virginia Woolf: Feminist Destinations, NQ 36/4, p.540.

F. Kinahan, Yeats, Folklore and Occultism, NQ, p.544.

P. Meisel, The Myth of the Modern: A study in British Criticism after 1850,  NQ, p. 558.

Mar      1990    J. Olney, T. S. Eliot: Essays from the Southern Review, NQ 37/1, p.112.

Aug     1990    B. Beatty, V. Newey (eds.), Byron and the Limits of Fiction, RES XLI/163, p.409.

Dec      1990    A. N. Jeffares, Yeats the European, NQ 37/4, p.496.

W. Gould (ed.) Yeats Annual No.6, NQ, p.497.

D. N. G. Carter, Robert Graves: The Lasting Poetic Achievement, NQ, p.501.

Sep      1991    M. Millgate (ed.), Thomas Hardy Selected Letters,

F. B. Pinion, Hardy the Writer: Surveys and Assessments and A Thomas Hardy Dictionary, NQ, p.402.

W. Gould (ed.), Yeats Annual No.7.,

R. J. Finneran, Editing Yeats’ Poems: A Reconsideration, S. Bushrui, T. Prakti, An International Companion to the Poetry of W. B. Yeats, NQ, p.407.

Dec      1991    G. Claridge, R. Pryor, G. Watkins, Sounds From the Belljar: Ten Psychotic Authors, NQ 38/4, p.558.

Mar      1992    P. Parrinder, C. Rolfe (eds.), H.G. Wells Under Revision, NQ 39/1, p.125.

S. Smith, Yeats: A Critical Introduction, NQ, p.126.

Sep      1992    R. J. Finneran (ed.), Yeats: An Annual of Critical and Textual Studies vol.VIII.

W. Gould (ed.), Yeats Annual No.8, NQ 39/3, p.405.

Dec      1992    R. J. Finneran (ed.), The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats, NQ 39/4, p.522.

A. Easthope, British Post‑Structuralism since 1968, NQ, p.531.

Jan       1993    Robert Graves, ABMR XX/225, pp.16‑19.

Feb      1993    Arthur Symons, BC 107, pp 35‑43.

Mar      1993    R. Freadman, S. Miller, Re‑thinking Theory: A Critique of Contemporary Literary Theory and an Alternative Account,. NQ, p.129.

Aug     1993    R. W. Peattie (ed.), Selected Letters of W. M. Rossetti, F. Kirchhoff, William Morris: The Construction of a Male Self, RES XLVII/175, p.442.

Aut.     1993    G. Joseph, Tennyson and the Text, E 42/174, p.279.

Jun       1994    S. Greenblatt, G. Gunn (eds), Redrawing the Boundaries: The Transformation of English and American literary studies, NQ 41, 276-278.

Nov     1994    K. K. Maynard, Thomas Hardy’s Tragic Poetry: The Lyrics and the Dynasts, RES, pp.593-594.

Mar      1995    N. Corcoran, English Poetry Since 1940, NQ 42, pp.115-116.

Sep     1995   D. H. Purdy, Biblical Echo and Allusion in the Poetry of W. B. Yeats,. NQ 42, pp 406-407.

Mar      1996    David Parker, Ethics, Theory and the Novel. NQ 43, pp. 117-118.

Sep      1996    Robert Graves, Centenary Selected Poems and Collected Writings on Poetry. NQ 43, pp. 369-70.

May     1996    G. Kim Blank, M. K. Louis, Influence and Resistance in Nineteenth Century English Poetry, RES. XLVII, 186, 268-69

Aug     1996    Nancy D. Hargrove, The Journey Toward Ariel: Sylvia Plath’s Poems of 1956-59, RES. XLVII, NO 187 451-52.

Feb      1997    Herbert Sussman, Victorian Masculinities, RES XLVIII, 126-7

May     1997    Andrew Elfenbein, Byron and the Victorians, RES, 190, 271-72

Aug     1997    Lindsay Smith, Victorian Photography, Painting and Poetry, RES XLVIII,  no.191, 413-414

Mar      1998    Robert Graves, Collected Poems vol.1. and Collected Short Stories NQ 45,  137-38

Peter Brooks, The Melodramatic Imagination, NQ 45, 140-41.

Terry Eagleton, The Illusions of Modernism NQ 45, 147-48

Neil Roberts, Meredith and the Novel RES, 49, 196, 527-58

Mar      1999    Tim Armstrong, Modernism, Technology and the Body, NQ 46, 161-62.

Jun       1999 Stephen Regan (ed.) Philip Larkin, NQ46,  301

2000    Edward Neill, Trial By Ordeal: Thomas Hardy and the critics RES 51, 323-25

2001    Jane Thomas, Thomas Hardy, Femininity and Dissent RES ? 510-11

2001    A. Jenkins & J. Johns (eds) Rereading Victorian Fiction. RES 52/207, 460-61

Sep      2008    Collecting books on Ralph Vaughan Williams B& MC 298, 98-107

Feb      2010    Collecting biographies of John F. Kennedy B&MC 317, 74-87