Edmund Clarence Stedman's Black Atlantic

Edmund Clarence Stedman's Black Atlantic MARY LOEFFELHOLZ iKE MATTHEW ARNOLD, OF WHOSE COMMANDING PRECEDENT HE WAS ONLY TOO well aware, Edmund Clarence Stedman began his literary career as a poet only to refashion himself at midlife, quite successfully, as a critic. Stedman's breakthrough work in criticism, his 1875 survey of the Victorian Poets, went through at least fifteen editions before the end of the century, including a major updating in 1887, the year of Victoria's Jubilee; by 1895, Stedman could claim--in the introduction to his massive new anthology of British Victorian poetry--that the circulation of his Victorian Poets had popularized, if not coined outright, the adjective "Victorian" as what he called the "master epithet" of a master age in "England's intellectual activity."1 Stedman's follow-up volume to Victorian Poets, his 1885 Poets of America, launched into circulation another critical master term that may strike us today as more prescient still: there Stedman declared that his survey of American writers was "formulated [in] . . . consideration of the transatlantic field" of nineteenth-century AngloAmerican poetry.2 His two great anthologies, A Victorian Anthology and its successor An American Anthology (1900), expressed in a different way Stedman's organization of Anglo-Victorian poetry as a broadly interrelated field. As http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Victorian Poetry West Virginia University Press

Edmund Clarence Stedman's Black Atlantic

Victorian Poetry, Volume 43 (2) – Jan 8, 2005

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MARY LOEFFELHOLZ iKE MATTHEW ARNOLD, OF WHOSE COMMANDING PRECEDENT HE WAS ONLY TOO well aware, Edmund Clarence Stedman began his literary career as a poet only to refashion himself at midlife, quite successfully, as a critic. Stedman's breakthrough work in criticism, his 1875 survey of the Victorian Poets, went through at least fifteen editions before the end of the century, including a major updating in 1887, the year of Victoria's Jubilee; by 1895, Stedman could claim--in the introduction to his massive new anthology of British Victorian poetry--that the circulation of his Victorian Poets had popularized, if not coined outright, the adjective "Victorian" as what he called the "master epithet" of a master age in "England's intellectual activity."1 Stedman's follow-up volume to Victorian Poets, his 1885 Poets of America, launched into circulation another critical master term that may strike us today as more prescient still: there Stedman declared that his survey of American writers was "formulated [in] . . . consideration of the transatlantic field" of nineteenth-century AngloAmerican poetry.2 His two great anthologies, A Victorian Anthology and its successor An American Anthology (1900), expressed in a different way Stedman's organization of Anglo-Victorian poetry as a broadly interrelated field. As

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