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Linton- Life in the Collections

William James Linton:

55) The Princes´ Noses. A Modern Idyll.

n.d. / n.p. (Hamden, ca. 1880)

Another literary jab by Linton, this time mocking the bombastic historicism of poet laureate Alfred Tennyson, especially his lyric cycle Idylls of the King. Tennyson had provided the Pre-Raphaelites with a lot of literary models. Linton disdained Tennyson’s pretentiousness and his outspoken racism. Besides Carlyle, Dickens and Ruskin he had belonged to the most prominent defenders of Edward John Eyre’s Jamaica Massacre of 1865.