Literature

Alfred Tennyson and Helen Garner in an Age of Doubt

There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.                                                            —Alfred Tennyson  Alfred Tennyson (1809–92) was a striking young man, standing over six feet tall and with a powerful physique. The mass of his somewhat unkempt black hair was set upon a noble head. His tanned face carried an intense expression of melancholy. The son of a gloomy Lincolnshire clergyman, he arrived at Cambridge University in 1827 already an accomplished and precocious poet. The Somersby rectory had been a dysfunctional household to say the least, with the eleven children largely left to amuse themselves by wandering…

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