A. S. Byatt on Maud

James R. Kincaid, Aerol Arnold Professor of English, University of Southern California

Note 1 to Chapter 6 of the author's Tennyson's Major Poems, which Yale University Press published in 1975. It has been included in the Victorian Web with the kind permission of the author, who of course retains copyright.

A. S. Byatt gives a somewhat similar statment of the dramatic question in Maud: "what it means to have sufficient identity to be capable of consistent and meaningful action" (p. 69). His reading of the poems concern with identity is a good one.

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