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'A Life Lived Quickly'
'A Life Lived Quickly'

'A Life Lived Quickly'

Tennyson's Friend Arthur Hallam and His Legend


323 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $49.95 (US $49.95) (CA $59.95)

Publication Date: January 2011

ISBN 9781845194185

Rights: US & CA

Sussex Academic Press (Jan 2011)

Price: $49.95


Arthur Hallam's early death was the subject of Tennyson's celebrated poem In Memoriam. As a result of its popularity, Hallam became a legendary figure, very much accepted on Tennyson's terms as being almost divinely gifted and of immense promise. While this representation of Hallam has remained generally accepted, 'A Life Lived Quickly' seeks both to supplement and challenge it, offering a more detailed and objective portrait of the man. Important but largely unknown aspects of Hallam's life include: having a difficult relationship with his father (himself a famous literary figure), suffering a mental breakdown during his first year at Cambridge, and pursuing an extremely fraught love affair with Tennyson's sister in the face of opposition from both families. Additionally, the book repudiates the often-made suggestion that Hallam and Tennyson may have had a homosexual relationship. As well as examining Hallam's published writings, the book makes liberal use of his letters - of which a collected edition has been in existence since 1981 - and includes treatments of hitherto unpublished poems and more recently discovered letters. Apart from presenting Arthur Hallam as a complex and interesting character in his own right, the book offers insight into the literary culture of early 19th-century England. In devoting attention to Hallam's time at Eton and Cambridge, the book also deals in detail with the experience of being educated in those unreformed institutions. *** "...a thoroughly researched and rewarding biography and a valuable contribution to Tennyson studies." - Victorian Studies, Vol. 35, No. 1, Autumn 2012


“Scrupulously fair-minded…balanced and believable…generous but clear-eyed.”  —Times Literary Supplement  

“The book is graced with choice expressions . . . the research is rigorous and the judgments are fair and rounded. This is an extremely worthy tribute to its subject and it is pleasing to have it appear in the bicentennial year.”  —Roger Evans, Tennyson Research Bulletin

“It is admirable in many ways: superbly researched, judicious, comprehensive, and very readable. For the first time we have something approaching the real Hallam, a sense of what he was, and what he might have been.”  —Essays in Criticism