Author: [CARROLL, Lewis] SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles.
Publisher: London, Chatto and Windus, 1880
First edition, Lewis Carroll’s copy with ownership inscription “C. Dodgson 1886”.
8vo., original dark blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine. A very good copy.
A pleasing association. In April 1865, Carroll (real name: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) recorded a visit to Dante Gabriel Rossetti thus: ‘We went … to call on Rossetti. We found him at home, and his friend Swinburne also in the room, whom I had not met before.” Elsewhere Carroll is noted for his passion for Swinburne's sensual and 'scandalous' poetry.
Stuart Dodgson Collingwood in “The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll” makes the comment, “Another excellent parody ‘Atalanta in Camden-Town’ exactly hit off the style of that poet who stands alone and unapproached among the poets of the day, and whom Mr Dodgson used to call “the greatest living master of language”.