Tennyson and Farringford Research Resources

Below are listed some useful books, articles and websites that may be of interest to those wishing to learn more about Alfred Tennyson, his work, his family and Farringford.

Publication details are of the first edition printed.


Written by Tennyson, family members and contemporaries.

Allingham, Helen, and Paterson, Arthur. The Homes of Tennyson. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1905.

Allingham, William. A Diary, ed. Helen Allingham and Dollie Radford. London: Macmillan, 1907.

Dakyns, Janine Rosalind and Peters, Robert. Letters to a Tutor: The Tennyson Family Letters to Henry Graham Dakyns. London and Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow, 1988.

Ellison, Edith Nicholl. A Child’s Recollections of Tennyson. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1906.

Hasluck, Alexandra (ed.). Audrey Tennyson’s Vice-Regal Days. Canberra: National Library of Australia, 1978.

Hoge, James O. (ed.). The Letters of Emily Lady Tennyson. University Park, Pennsylvania and London: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1974.

  • Lady Tennyson’s Journal. Charlottesville: University of Press of Virginia, 1981.

Lang, Cecil Y., and Shannon, Edgar F. (eds). The Letters of Alfred Lord Tennyson. 3 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1981-1990.

Napier, George G. The Homes and Haunts of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1889.

O’Connor, ‘Tennyson and his Friends at Freshwater’. The Century Magazine, Vol. LV. No. 2, New York, December 1897.

Page, Norman (ed.). Tennyson: Interviews and Recollections. Totowa, New Jersey: Barnes and Noble, 1983.

Pratchett-Martin, A. Tennyson and the Isle of Wight. London: Henry Sotheran & Co., 1898.

Rawnsley, H. D., Memories of the Tennysons. Glasgow: J. MacLehose and Sons, 1900.

Rideing, William H., ‘Tennyson in the Isle of Wight’. The North American Review, Volume 165, Issue 493. University of Northern Iowa Publication, December 1897.

Ritchie, Anne Thackeray. ‘Alfred Tennyson’, Harper’s New Monthly Magazine.  Volume 68, Issue 403, Harper & Bros., December 1883.

    • Records of Tennyson, Ruskin, Browning. London: Macmillan, 1892.
  • (with Julia Margaret Cameron and Henry Herschel Hay Cameron). Alfred, Lord Tennyson and His Friends: A Series of 25 Portraits and Frontispiece in Photogravure from the Negatives of Mrs. Julia Margaret Cameron and H.H.H. Cameron. London: T. F. Unwin, 1893.

Tennyson, Alfred. Poems (first illustrated edition). London: Edward Moxon, 1857.

Tennyson, Sir Charles. Alfred Tennyson. London: Macmillan, 1949.

    • Life’s All a Fragment. London: Cassell, 1953.
    • Six Tennyson Essays (ed.). London: Cassell, 1954.
    • ‘The story of Farringford’. Freshwater: British Holiday Estates Ltd, 1955.
    • Stars and Markets. London: Chatto and Windus, 1957.
    • (with Hope Dyson). Dear and Honoured Lady: The Correspondence Between Queen Victoria and Alfred Tennyson (ed.). London: Macmillan, 1969.
    • (with Hope Dyson). The Tennysons: Background to Genius. London: Macmillan, 1974.
  • Farringford: Home of Alfred Lord Tennyson. Lincoln: Tennyson Society, Tennyson Research Centre, 1976.

Tennyson, Hallam (2nd Baron). Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir. 2 vols. London: Macmillan, 1897. 

  • Tennyson and his Friends (ed.). London: Macmillan, 1911.

Tennyson, Hallam (great-grandson of Alfred). The Haunted Mind. London: André Deutsch, 1984.

Tennyson, Lionel (3rd Baron). From Verse to Worse. London, Toronto, Melbourne and Sydney: Cassell, 1933.

Ward, Louisa Edith. Memorials for my Children, and Personal Recollections of Lord Tennyson. Privately printed, c.1900.

Weld, Agnes. Glimpses of Tennyson and of Some of his Relations and Friends. London, 1903.


Biography and literary criticism written by outside parties in the 20th century.

Anon. Harold Tennyson. London: Macmillan, 1918.

Anon. Lionel Tennyson. London: Macmillan, privately printed, 1891.

Boyce, Charlotte; Finnerty, Páraic; and Millim, Anne-Marie. Victorian Celebrity Culture and Tennyson’s Circle. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Cheshire, Jim (ed.). Tennyson Transformed: Alfred Lord Tennyson and Visual Culture. Farnham, Surrey: Lund Humphries in association with Lincolnshire County Council, 2009.

Cox, Julian and Ford, Colin. Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs. London: Thames & Hudson, 2003.

Edwards, Alan. Lionel Tennyson: Regency Buck. London: Robson Books, 2001.

Gould, Veronica Franklin and Ormond, Leonée. Tennyson at Farringford. Freshwater Bay: Tennyson House, 2009.

Hunt, John Dixon. In Memoriam: A Casebook. London: Macmillan, 1970.

Richard John Hutchings. Idylls of Farringford: A Biographical Study of Alfred, Lord Tennyson in the Isle of Wight, with Selected Poems. Bath: J. Brodie, 1965.

Jump, John. Lord Alfred Tennyson: The Critical Heritage. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1967.

Martin, Robert Bernard. Tennyson: The Unquiet Heart. Oxford: OUP and Faber and Faber, 1983.

Ormond, Leonée. ‘Tennyson and the Old Masters’. Lincoln: Tennyson Society, 1989.

  • Alfred Tennyson: A Literary Life. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1993.

Perry, Seamus. Alfred Tennyson. Tavistock: Northcote House, British Council, 2005.

Pitman, Ruth (ed.). Edward Lear’s Tennyson. Manchester and New York: Carcanet, 1988.

Purton, Valerie and Page, Norman (eds). The Palgrave Literary Dictionary of Tennyson. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Ricks, Christopher. Tennyson. London and New York: Macmillan, 1972.

Thorn, Michael. Tennyson. London: Little, Brown and Company, 1992.

Thwaite, Ann. Emily Tennyson: The Poet’s Wife. Faber and Faber, 1996.


www.lincstothepast.com: Catalogues all the Tennyson family books, images, correspondence and personal effects held at the Tennyson Research Centre in Lincoln.  

http://www.victorianweb.org/: An old but very useful resource with wide-ranging articles on key figures and concepts from the 19th century.

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