Georgiana Burne–Jones, Memorials.◦
Mackail, J. W. Life of William Morris .
William Fulford (1831-1882) intended this story to be “simple and ordinary, with
little incident, with no adventure, yet not devoid of thought and feeling,
as the life of no man, though it seemed the most monotonous and commonplace,
has ever been” (535). It is the most autobiographical of the stories
in The Oxford and
Cambridge Magazine. The
story is about a group of young men in their last year at Oxford.
Cavalay’s marriage to Isabel, or perhaps Wilton’s to Mary,
could have been suggested by Burne-Jones’s courtship of Georgiana MacDonald,
and the trip that Hartle, Carlford, Wilton, and Cavalay take to Wales
certainly has parallels in Morris, Burne-Jones and Fulford’s 1855
trip to Europe.
The texts referred to in this story were nearly all
reviewed or analyzed in the Magazine: most chapters begin with quotations
from various poems by Tennyson (about whom Fulford wrote an important three-part essay), and Cavalay reads Plato and Bacon together, as well as
Fouqué (about whom Burne-Jones had planned to write an essay for the
Magazine (Memorials 122)).
The November table of contents misprints the title of this work, listing part III as part II.
This story, like Fulford’s “The
Two Partings” and Morris’s “Frank’s Sealed Letter”, embeds a poem within it (629). More research is necessary to determine whether this poem appeared in any of Fulford’s later volumes of poetry.
First printed in The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine, 1856, in three parts: the
first part in September; the
second part in October; and the
final part in November.