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The Life of Nelson by Robert Southey
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The Life of Nelson (1812)

by Robert Southey

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Southey is perhaps best known as the friend of Wordsworth and Coleridge in their early "Lake Poet" days who wrote some often denigrated but in my experience readable verse fantasies (the Curse of Kehama etc.) and a vast amount of semi-scholarly prose. The Life of Nelson is part of this output, perhaps the first serious professional attempt at a biography of the recently dead hero of Trafalgar. It is frankly partial to its subject (since Southey had renounced his early radical idealism by this time)but is still read as a useful expression of how Nelson's contemporaries saw him.
This edition includes a brief anonymous introduction on Southey's life and works. ( )
  antiquary | Jun 9, 2017 |
An old friend from long ago and far away. Still a standard for Nelson lovers. ( )
  Peacock1 | Apr 29, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0870213016, Hardcover)

Southey's biography of Britain's most famous naval hero is a rare combination of qualities. Over the years, this book has gained historical and literary importance, not only for the quality of its prose and insights into Nelson and his era, but also for its influence on such writers as James Fenimore Cooper, Herman Melville and Alfred Thayer Mahan. The revised one-volume biography was first published in 1830 to great popular acclaim and is now reprinted for the Naval Institute Press "Classic" series. Robert Southey, a peer of Coleridge, Byron and Wordsworth, was a regular contributor to many of the leading journals of his day. Asked to write a review of Nelson biographies that had been published within a few years of the hero's death, he found only "slovenly performances" and was encouraged to write one of his own. Southey was named Poet Laureat of England in 1813, the year that the book first appeared in two volumes.

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Robert Southey was an English poet and contemporary of Nelson. It was his ambition to write a clear and concise life of Nelson which could be easily absorbed by any young sailor.

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