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Object ID 001384

Object Name A Dream of Fair Women

Object Desc Victorian poem by Lord Aflred Tennyson, republished by the Bobbs-Merrill Company

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001163

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General Category Printed Material

Category Books


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 7, Shelf 20

Object Date 1907

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Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords books,poetry,children's books,Bobbs-Merrill Co.,Tennyson, Lord Alfred,hardcover books,

Title A Dream of Fair Women




Description / Abstract First published in 1833 but very extensively altered on its republication in 1842. It had been written by June, 1832, and appears to have been originally entitled 'Legend of Fair Women' (see Spedding's letter dated 21st June, 1832, 'Life', i., 116). In nearly every edition between 1833 and 1853 it was revised, and perhaps no poem proves more strikingly the scrupulous care which Tennyson took to improve what he thought susceptible of improvement. The work which inspired it, Chaucer's 'Legend of Good Women', was written about 1384, thus "preluding" by nearly two hundred years the "spacious times of great Elizabeth". There is no resemblance between the poems beyond the fact that both are visions and both have as their heroines illustrious women who have been unfortunate. Cleopatra is the only one common to the two poems.

Physical Description Blue cloth hardcover book. Front cover has an illustration of a victorian woman on a white backdrop. Title written in blue text. Illustrations drawn by Harrison Fisher. 9.75'' x 7.25''

Author Lord Alfred Tennyson

Author Details Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, FRS (6 August 1809 6 October 1892) was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets.




Language English

Publisher The Bobbs-Merrill Co.

Publisher Details The Bobbs-Merrill Company was a book publisher located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Bobbs-Merrill was known for publishing such authors as Erving Goffman, Richard Halliburton, David Markson, Ayn Rand, James Whitcomb Riley, Walter Dean Myers, Keith Ayling, and Irma S. Rombauer.

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Image Caption CMY1163



Date FEB 4,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Ben Locke

Notes Very little edgewear. Corners on the front and back cover are worn down slightly. Minor marks on the front cover, could possibly be cleaned. Pages are in good condition and have no creases or tears. Tissue paper cover between publisher page and an illustration is torn.


Date JUN 20,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Hallway Shelf 4 from Room 1, Shelf 18 - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 21,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 20 from Hallway Shelf 4 - automatic entry by admin