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The elaborately annotated edition of "The Princess" by Prof. Percy M. Wallace (Macmillan & Co.) and S. E. Dawson's "A Study of the Princess" (Sampson, Low & Co.) have been followed in the annotation of this edition. Students desiring to make a more thorough study of the Poem are referred to these works, as also to the editions by Henry W. Boynton (Leach, Shewell & Sanborn) and Prof. G. E. Woodbury (Macmillan & Co.)


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ALFRED TENNYSON was born on August 6th, 1809, at Somersby, a village in Lincolnshire, England, of which his father was rector.

When seven years old, he went to the Louth Grammar School, and returning home after a few years there, was educated with his elder brother Charles, by his father. Charles and Alfred Tennyson, while yet youths, published in 1827 a small volume of poetry entitled Foems by Two Brothers. In 1828 the two brothers entered Trinity College, Cambridge, where Alfred gained the University Chancellor's gold medal for a poem on Timbuctoo, and where he formed an intimate friendship with Arthur Henry Hallam (son of the historian), whose memory he has immortalized in In Memoriam. In 1830 Tennyson published his Poems, Chiefly Lyrical. In 1832 Poems by Alfred Tennyson appeared, and then, after an interval of ten years, two more volumes, also with the title Poems. His reputation as a poet was now established, though his greatest works were yet to come. Chief among these are The Princess (1847), In Memoriam (1850), Maud (1855), Idylls of the King (1859-1885), and Enoch Arden (1864) In 1875 Tennyson published his first drama, Queen Mary, followed by Harold (1877), The Cup (acted in 1881), The Promise of May (1882,) The Falcon, and Becket (1884). On the death of Wordsworth in 1850, Tennyson succeeded him as Poet Laureate. In 1884, he was gazetted Baron of Aldworth and Farringford, his two seats in Sussex and in the Isle of Wight. He died on October 6th, 1892.

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