Victorian Faith

Pressing Forward: Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the Victorian Age
by Louis A. Markos
Sapientia Press, 2007
(301 pages, $25.95, paperback)

reviewed by Anne Barbeau Gardiner

In his masterpiece In Memoriam, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, arguably the greatest poet of his time, travels from agnosticism to faith in immortality and in a Creator who molded man through nature. In Pressing Forward, Louis Markos traces Tennyson’s conversion against the background of six “sages”—Huxley, Newman, Mill, Carlyle, Ruskin, and Arnold—and their responses to the crisis of faith produced by a new science and the struggle against materialism.

Revealingly, even the unbelievers among the sages retained something of a . . .

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Anne Barbeau Gardiner is Professor Emerita of English at John Jay College of the City University of New York. She has published on Dryden, Milton, and Swift, as well as on Catholics of the 17th century.

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