A Victorian for Grownups

Arthur Hugh Clough

A Poet’s Life

Anthony Kenny

Continuum, $60, 288 pp.

An adult poet in the nineteenth century. There weren’t so many of them.” Graham Greene’s jaded protagonist in The Quiet American, Thomas Fowler, offered this praise for the little-known Victorian poet Arthur Hugh Clough. Greene himself counted Clough as a favorite poet, and, in fact, it was the novelist who brought him to the attention of philosopher Anthony Kenny, the master of Balliol College. During Oxford high-table conversation one...

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About the Author

Edward T. Wheeler, a frequent contributor, is the former dean of the faculty at the Williams School in New London, Connecticut.