The Crowns of Apollo: Swinburne's Principles of Literature and Art; A Study in Victorian Criticism and Aesthetics. Robert Peters.
The Crowns of Apollo: Swinburne's Principles of Literature and Art; A Study in Victorian Criticism and Aesthetics
The Crowns of Apollo: Swinburne's Principles of Literature and Art; A Study in Victorian Criticism and Aesthetics

The Crowns of Apollo: Swinburne's Principles of Literature and Art; A Study in Victorian Criticism and Aesthetics

Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1965. First Edition. Inscribed & signed by Robert Peters to James Perrizo. "This study is an attempt to rescue from near oblivion Algernon Charles Swinburne's contributions to the aesthetics of his time and to provide a more detailed arrangement and evaluation of his principles of literature and art than have yet appeared. His reputation as a poet has tended to overshadow his abilities as a critic...Swinburne's commitment to criticism was a deep one, springing from his love for literature, founded upon a wide knowledge, and supported by the liveliest temper and mind. What he means in the sentence from which the title of this book comes is this: Apollo, god of the imagination, awards his crowns only to the rare followers who are dedicated to the highest standards of genius and craftsmanship." (from author's Preface, pg. 9) An early, Hilberry Publication Prize-winning study by Robert Peters (1924-2014), the great American poet, playwright & critic who was first & foremost a professor & scholar of Victorian literature. Peters had been an associate professor at Detroit's Wayne State University, whose imprint published this work, & was already established in California where he was based the rest of his life by the time of publication (1965). With frontispiece reproduction of a drawing of Swinburne by James McNeill Whistler, extensive section with images of artworks that were the subjects of Swinburne's criticism & Peters' analyses thereof. First edition hardcover in dust jacket. On the title page, Peters has hand-inscribed & signed: "Jim-/ This seems half a century ago-/ now- (signed) Robert/ (doodle-flourish)/ 20 May '86." "Jim" is James Perrizo (1944-2006), a major Beat-&-Beyond collector & scholar who corresponded extensively with Peters & collected many of his works which we have acquired. A most important collectible in the Peters canon which sheds much scholarly light on a heretofore neglected aspect of Swinburne (1837-1909) and his legacy, with significant association & provenance. Book in very fine condition with only slightest bit of rubbing to edges & corners of front, back cover & spine; very small crease-bend to upper right corner of front cover; otherwise virtually mint inside & out. Unclipped dust jacket also in very fine condition with only mildest rubbing & scratching to front, back covers & spine; very light wear & a few short, faint creases & tiny bumps to edges & corners of same incl. flaps & esp. at upper right corner of front cover (see book condition description above). Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #3243]

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