By John Townsend Trowbridge,William Logan
Many writers are deservedly forgotten, but now not each act of erasure is simply. John Townsend Trowbridge (1827−1916) used to be a prolific American author whose novels, performs, and poems, notwithstanding seriously acclaimed in his day, have with sturdy cause now not been remembered. He wrote one poem, despite the fact that, that has been unfairly consigned to oblivion. Guy Vernon, an extended seriocomic paintings approximately race, racism, and sexual intrigue in antebellum the United States, was once first released in 1878 in A Masque of Poets, an anthology of nameless poems that includes works via Louisa could Alcott, James Russell Lowell, Henry David Thoreau, and Emily Dickinson (whose contribution was once her simply poem to be released in ebook shape in the course of her life).
Guy Vernon is a novelette in verse portraying an unsatisfied marriage among North and South at the eve of the Civil conflict. man Vernon, a rushing plantation proprietor, takes as his spouse a penniless younger charmer named Florinda whom he meets on the Saratoga balls. quickly estranged, they're joined of their travels round New Orleans, Havana, and the abolitionist North via Vernon’s freed black manservant, Saturn, a “mulatto” dandy who exerts a mysterious strength over his former grasp, and by way of Florinda’s past suitor, Rob Lorne, a journalist and would-be poet.
Composed in rollicking rhyme royal stanzas, this verse−narrative is right away comedian and gothic, recalling in its cynicism and rhythms Byron’s masterpiece, Don Juan. Edited and broadly annotated by way of the popular poet and critic William Logan, this variation contains revisions Trowbridge marked in his personal reproduction of the anthology. again in print for the 1st time on the grounds that 1878, Guy Vernon reemerges as a misplaced vintage of yankee literature, person who either displays and criticizes the social and literary conventions of its time.
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