Francis Turner Palgrave

(1824—1897) anthologist and art critic

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professor of poetry at Oxford, 1885–95. He is chiefly remembered for his anthology The Golden Treasury of Best Songs and Lyrical Poems in the English Language (1861; 2nd series, 1897). In the selection for the first edition Palgrave was advised by his close friend Tennyson; it contained no work by living poets, and is a reflection of the taste of the age (e.g. no Donne and no Blake, though work by these poets and later writers was added to subsequent editions). Palgrave compiled other anthologies and selections, and published several volumes of his own verse.

Subjects: Literature.

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