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|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.|
|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.|
|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.
|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.|
Locrine, 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
The Age of Shakespeare.
|1909||Three Plays of Shakespeare.|
On April 10, Swinburne dies of pneumonia at the age of seventy-three.
With thanks to John Walsh, General Editor
Jacket 20 — December 2002
This material is copyright © John Walsh and Indiana University and Jacket magazine 2002