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Swinburne Portrait

Swinburne Chronology

You can read Veronica Forrest-Thomson’s essay
Swinburne as Poet: a reconsideration
in this issue of Jacket.

1837   On April 5, Algernon Charles Swinburne is born in London to naval captain (later admiral) Charles Henry Swinburne, second son of Sir John Edward Swinburne, and Lady Jane Swinburne.
1849–43   Attends Eton.
1856–59   Attends Balliol College, Oxford. Swinburne becomes close friends with Oxford professor and famous classicist Benjamin Jowett.
1856   Swinburne meets the Pre-Raphaelite painters and poets Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris, and Edward Burne-Jones while the three are at work painting fescoes in the Union Debating Hall at Oxford. This was the beginning of a lifelong friendship with the Rossettis and other Pre-Raphelites.
1860   The Queen Mother.
1862–64   Lives with Rossetti and Morris at Chelsea.
1865   Atalanta in Calydon.
1866   Poems and Ballads.
Notes on Poems and Reviews,
a response to his critics.
1868   William Blake: A Critical Essay.
1871   Songs Before Sunrise.
1872   Under the Microscope, a reply to Robert Buchanon’s ‘The Fleshly School of Poetry’ (1871), an attack on the Pre-Raphaelite poets, Rossetti, Swinburne, and Morris.
1874   Bothwell.
1875   Songs of Two Nations.
Essays and Studies.
1876   Erechtheus, the second of Swinburne’s two classical dramas based on Greek myth.
1877   Swinburne’s father dies in March.
1878   Poems and Ballads, Second Series.
1879   Near death from alcohol abuse, Swinburne is taken from his London rooms by friend Theodore Watts (later Watts-Dunton). Swinburne lives with Watts at ‘The Pines’ in Putney for the rest of his life. Watts helps Swinburne recover from his problem with alcohol, and Swinburne henceforth lives a much quieter life.
1875   A Study of Shakespeare.
Songs of the Springtides.
Studies in Song.
The Heptalogia, or The Seven Against Sense.
1881   Mary Stuart.
1882   Tristram of Lyonesse and Other Poems.
1883   A Century of Roundels
1884   A Midsummer Holiday and Other Poems
1885   Marino Faliero, a blank-verse drama.
1887   Gathered Songs.
a lyrical drama.
1889   A Study of Ben Jonson.
Poems and Ballads,
Third Series.
1892   The Sisters, a blank verse drama with a contemporary setting.
1894   Astrophel and Other Poems.
Studies in Prose and Poetry.
1896   The Tale of Balen.
Swinburne’s mother, Lady Jane Swinburne, dies.
1899   Rosamund, Queen of the Lombards, a blank-verse drama.
1904   A Channel Passage and Other Poems.
1905   Love’s Cross-Currents, a novel first published in 1877 as A Year’s Letters under the pseudonym Mrs. Horace Manners.
1908   The Duke of Gandia, an unfinished blank-verse drama.
The Age of Shakespeare.
1909   Three Plays of Shakespeare.
On April 10, Swinburne dies of pneumonia at the age of seventy-three.

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