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Tennyson and his Circle

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Character Sketches

The National Portrait Gallery's Character Sketches is a series of compact, fully illustrated, historical guides to literary and artistic personalities and themes. Written by well-known writers of today, they use images from the Gallery's unique collection to examine the public and the private faces, the lives, thoughts and relationships, both artistic and personal, within each selected group.

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Tennyson and his circle
Lynne Truss

Tennyson's ascendency as England's foremost poet coincided with one of the most significant inventions of the 19th century: photography. As Poet Laureate, Tennyson and those who moved in his circle became targets for the photographer's lens. The resulting portraits by such pioneering spirits as Julia Margaret Cameron, offer a fascinating insight into an age when England felt itself to be the envy of the world.

Writing with humour and insight, Lynne Truss captures the spirit of the age through images of the famous, and gives a glimpse into the lives of a group of people crossing the threshold into the modern world.


Lynne Truss is a successful journalist and has been nominated for various professional awards including Magazine Writer of the Year (1995) and Newspaper Sports Feature Writer of the Year (1997); she was voted the best Columnist of the Year in 1996 for her column in Woman's Journal. She is also a well-known novelist, having written With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed (1994) and Tennyson's Gift (1996). She has recently published Going Loco.

166 x 121mm, 64 pages
35 illustrations, 9 in colour
ISBN 1 85514 257 0
£5.99 (hardback)


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