Linton- Life in the Collections
Bertram Dobell ed.: James B.V.Thomson:
69) Shelley, a poem, with other writings relating to Shelley, to which is added an essay on the poems of William Blake,
This posthumous edition of Thomson’s early poem on Shelley (1861) was edited and introduced by the bookseller and Shelley specialist Bertram Dobell. Thomson’s essays on Shelley (1860) and Blake (1865), which are appended, belong to the most perceptive analyses on these subjects. Also in regard to his strong views on the poet laureate Alfred Tennyson, the central literary reference of the Pre-Raphaelites, as a weak and vain “pensioner of the thought of his age,” Thomson’s views are rather congruent with Linton’s mindset.