Matthew Arnold

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Matthew Arnold

Writers and Their Work


April 30th, 2007

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Poet, school inspector, civil servant and critic: this study examines the interrelationship of Arnold’s different activities in tracing his evolution as a publicist to the publication of Culture and Anarchy in 1869. Kate Campbell shows how his critical concerns and attitudes first appear in his poetry and private writing, even though he reinterprets the ‘immense task’ of modern poetry as a critical programme. This book demonstrates in particular how his work in education leads to his use of indirect methods of political influence – methods that he has observed in politics, literature and journalism. As a publicist he uses such means to promote his objectives of culture and state. Accordingly, Matthew Arnold overturns the view of Arnoldian detachment as it argues his implication in the new cultural politics of the 1860s.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Title2
Title Page4
Acknowledgements 7
Biographical Outline8
Abbreviations and References12
1 Early Life, Poetry and Prose, 1822-185321
Oxford and London25
Poetry, Letters, Notes30
2 The Empire of Facts: Inspection, Lectures and Criticism until 186247
School Inspecting49
Modern Elements in Criticism58
3 The Theatre of Operations: Publicity, Literature and Politics, 1862-186973
Arnold, Journalism and Politics75
From 'The Twice Revised Code' to A French Eton81
Essays in Criticism86
From 'My Countrymen' to 'the fermenting mind' of Culture and Anarchy98
4 Postcript110
Select Bibliography118