Richard Hengist Horne Criticism - Essay

N. U. S. (review date 1844)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: N. U. S. Review of A New Spirit of the Age. Edited by R. H. Horne. The Westminster Review 41, no. 2 (1844): 357-87.

[In the following excerpt, the critic examines Horne's works False Medium, Cosmo de Medici, and A New Spirit of the Age.]

A title of large promise. Amidst all that is even now stirring all human things to their deepest depths, the announcement of a yet newer, spirit is pregnant with high interest. For it is, after all, the “spirit” which can alone give value to the material. The aspiring, the upward, and the onward, are all encircled in the term spirituality. It is synonymous with progress, with the growth of man from the savage...

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Southern Quarterly Review (review date April 1845)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Review of A New Spirit of the Age. Edited by R. H. Horne, Author of “Orion,” “Gregory VII,” etc. Southern Quarterly Review 7 (April 1845): 312-33.

[In the following excerpt, the critic reviews Horne's A New Spirit of the Age from an American perspective and provides a close reading of Horne's epic poem Orion.]

There is some little pretension in the title chosen for this volume, of the propriety of which we are far from certain. To our notion, it is a misnomer. What constitutes the spirit of our age,—of any age? Is it the literary genius by which it is distinguished, or its intrinsic triumphs of morality and art?—Its quiet, inner,...

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Federico Olivero (essay date February 1915)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Olivero, Federico, “On R. H. Horne's Orion.Modern Language Notes 30, no. 2 (February 1915): 33-39.

[In the following essay, Olivero comments on Horne's dynamic style in Orion, especially noting its contrast against Keats's notoriously whimsical poetry.]

Horne's Orion is one of the best instances to show how Keats's allegoric way of handling a Greek fable was intimately responsive to the æsthetic ideals of an age fond of a kind of poetry which might adorn subtle, metaphysic conceptions with the radiance of a sumptuous imagery. Keats tried to express the passion and mystery of life by means of symbols derived from an Hellenic legend,...

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Cyril Pearl (essay date 1960)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Pearl, Cyril. “Originality and Genius.” In his Always Morning: The Life of Richard Henry “Orion” Horne, pp. 27-45. Melbourne: F. W. Cheshire, 1960.

[In the following excerpt, Pearl examines Horne's, Exposition on the False Medium and Barriers Excluding Men of Genius from the Public, his early plays, and his contributions to the journal Monthly Repository.]

Behind its splendid façade, its Regency mansions, parks and squares, London in the reign of William IV was a place of squalor, hunger, barbarism and fear—fear of civil war and fear of cholera. There was acute class conflict and sanitation was appalling. The Reform Bill of 1832 did great...

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Brian Elliott (essay date December 1963)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Elliott, Brian. “An R. H. Horne Poem on Burke and Wills.” Australian Literary Studies 1, no. 2 (December 1963): 122-26.

[In the following essay, Elliott discusses an obscure Horne elegiac poem about explorers Robert Burke and William Wills, who were the first to cross the Australian continent from north to south but died on the return trip. Elliott finds the most intriguing aspect of the work to be the depiction of the Australian culture and countryside by Horne, an English expatriate.]

The Sydney Morning Herald of Friday, 23 January, 1863, prints among its ‘Telegraphic Despatches’ the following reference to the ceremonies associated with the...

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Margery Fisher (essay date 1967)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Fisher, Margery. Introduction to Memoirs of a London Doll, Written by Herself, Edited by Mrs. Fairstar, by Richard Henry Horne, pp. vii-xxx. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1967.

[In the following essay, Fisher provides a sketch of Horne, and examines his children's tales “King Penguin,” The Good-Natured Bear, and Memoirs of a London Doll.]

Writing to his friend Elizabeth Barrett in the 1840's, Richard Henry Horne mentioned “a sort of Christmas book for children, called The London Doll”, which he had written not long before. It was not publicly acknowledged as his, though, until many years later. Horne loved mystification and indulged in...

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Ann Blainey (essay date 1968)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Blainey, Ann. “The Pit of Talent.” In her The Farthing Poet: A Biography of Richard Hengist Horne 1802-84. A Lesser Literary Lion, pp. 82-95. London: Longmans, 1968.

[In the following excerpt, Blainey examines the success of Horne's plays The Death of Marlowe and Gregory VII, and considers his friendship with literary figures Leigh Hunt and Thomas Carlyle.]

The New Year of 1838 brought no comfort: another year and another birthday, his thirty-fifth. Only five years off official middle age, he felt he had achieved so little. Physically he already seemed middle-aged: his face had acquired that ageless-aged look it was to keep for another twenty...

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Ann Blainey (essay date 1968)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Blainey, Ann. “The Farthing Epic.” In her The Farthing Poet: A Biography of Richard Hengist Horne 1802-84. A Lesser Literary Lion, pp. 130-40. London: Longmans, 1968.

[In the following excerpt, Blainey explores Horne's epic poem Orion, its plot, the unique requirements for its purchase, and its reception.]

A year later Horne would feel exhausted and written out; for the present that unusual poetic facility which had produced his religious epic continued undimmed. If anything, it glowed more brightly. He had finished “Ancient Idols” on the twentieth day of July 1842, a day he felt sufficiently important to record exactly for posterity; and for...

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Don D. Moore (essay date 1970)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Moore, Don D. “The Duchess of Malfi, by John Webster and R. H. Horne.” Essays in Honor of Esmond Linworth Marilla, edited by Thomas Austin Kirby and William John Olive, pp. 166-173. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1970.

[In the following essay, Moore asserts that the theatrical success of Webster's The Duchess of Malfi should really be attributed to the significant adaptations made to it by Horne.]

Until 1965 and a four-month run off-Broadway of Jack Landau's energetic staging of The White Devil, the two major plays of John Webster have had extremely limited success on professional stages for the past two centuries....

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David Paroissien (essay date June 1971)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Paroissien, David. “Mrs. Browning's Influence on and Contribution to A New Spirit of the Age (1844).” English Language Notes 8, no. 4 (June 1971): 274-81.

[In the following essay, Paroissien examines the role Elizabeth Barrett Browning played in the writing of Horne's A New Spirit of the Age, arguing that evidence indicates her involvement was more extensive than Horne publicly acknowledged.]

When Richard Hengist Horne (1803-84) published a survey of contemporary writers in 1884 called A New Spirit of the Age, he referred in his Preface to the “valuable assistance and advice from several eminent hands.” That the hands were...

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