Item #1958 [Tennyson Interest] Maud, A Poem of the People. W. C. Bennett.

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[Tennyson Interest] Maud, A Poem of the People

London: L. Booth, 1856.

Stated "Second Edition Enlarged" 12mo. Three-quarter calf. Exceedingly scarce and oddball, if not scathing, poem intended (as per title) to address Tennyson directly by way of his allegorical poem, which must have met with some public acceptance as the "Second Enlarged Edition" was published in the space of one year from the first (also dated 1856). While the author gives a disclaimer in the foreword, the poem devolves into an anti-war protest, at one point decrying Tennyson in this way: "Who clamours for war? --Is it one who is ready to fight? Is it one who will grasp the sword, and rush on the foe with a shout? Far from it; --'t is one of a musing mind, who merely intends to write; He sits at home by his own snug hearth, and hears the storm howl without." No copies on net at time of writing. Near fine.

Price: $1,250.00   Item #1958

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