ARNOLD, Matthew. The Works of Matthew Arnold. London: Macmillan and Co., 1903-1904.
Edition de Luxe. Limited to 775 copies. Fifteen octavo volumes. Engraved frontispiece portrait in Volume I. Bound by MacDonald of New York in three-quarter teal morocco gilt over marbled boards. Spines decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, top edge gilt, others uncut, marbled endpapers. An excellent set.
Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), English poet and critic, "was considered a quintessential Victorian writer in his philosophy, his taste, and his manner of expression" (Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature). His most famous poems are "The Scholar-Gipsy," "Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse," "Thyrsis," an elegy written on the death of Arnold's friend Arthur Hugh Clough, "which Swinburne adjudged, after Milton's ĎLycidas' and Shelley's ĎAdonais,' the finest elegy in the English language; and ĎDover Beach,' perhaps his best-known poem, which uses the image of the sea as a metaphor for the Sea of Faith, ebbing away from the naked shores of the world" (Benét's Reader's Encyclopedia).
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