Acknowledging his debt to Robert Bernard Martin's Tennyson
(1980), Levi (formerly, Poetry/Oxford Univ.; The Frontiers of Paradise
, 1988, etc.) dispels the biographical fog emitted by Tennyson descendants, apologists, and idolaters, and—in a relatively brief but penetrating analysis—reveals the man behind the icon, the poet laureate whose odd appearance and eccentric behavior distanced him from the intimacies his fame encouraged.
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