Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) is the most celebrated British poet of the Victorian age. He left Lincolnshire to study in Cambridge in 1827, led a peripatetic life until 1850 when he married, published In Memoriam and became Poet Laureate. He finally settled on the Isle of Wight where he bought the house at Farringford in 1856. What happened to Tennyson in the 1860s as he was settling down?
The conference aims to shed some light on the relation of Books, Place and Space in Tennyson’s life and work in the early 1860s to think about how he was coping with the tension between the development of his literary career and his reputation as a ‘famous’ poet.