Thursday, February 05, 2015

What is John Batchelor reading?

Featured at Writers Read: John Batchelor, author of Tennyson: To Strive, To Seek, To Find.

His entry begins:
What do I read? At the moment I read a great deal of Kipling, and a great deal about Kipling. I have recently read and reviewed the astonishing new 3 volume edition of Kipling's complete Poems (some 2000 pages in all) edited by Thomas Pinney, of Pomona University, and published by Cambridge University Press. I am also reading Kipling's prose including his Indian tales and his remarkable novel about the sea, Captains Courageous. I have also just re-read Kipling's Kim which I regard as a supreme masterpiece, a novel as great in its way as Joseph...[read on]
About Tennyson: To Strive, To Seek, To Find, from the publisher:
In what will be the definitive biography of Alfred Lord Tennyson, an enthralling new study of the major poet of the Victorian era.

Alfred Lord Tennyson, Queen Victoria's favorite poet, commanded a wider readership than any other of his time. His ascendancy was neither the triumph of pure genius nor an accident of history: he skillfully crafted his own career and his relationships with his audience. Fame and recognition came, lavishly and in abundance, but the hunger for more never left him. Resolving never to be anything except "a poet," he wore his hair long, smoked incessantly, and sported a cloak and wide-brimmed Spanish hat. The poet who wrote The Lady of Shalott and The Charge of the Light Brigade has become a permanent part of our culture, and this thoughtful new biography reveals him to be a fascinating paradigm of both the Romantic and Victorian ideals.
Read more about Tennyson: To Strive, To Seek, To Find at the publisher's website.

My Book, The Movie: Tennyson: To Strive, To Seek, To Find.

Writers Read: John Batchelor.

--Marshal Zeringue