Richard Monckton Milnes
This chapter discusses the life and works of Richard Monckton Milnes. Milnes is less important in himself than in his connections. He knew everybody: Tennyson, Gladstone, Peel, Palmerston, Thackeray, King Louis Philippe, the Emperor Napoleon III, Guizot, Thiers, Tocqueville, Lamennais, Montalembert, Emerson, Whitman, Henry Adams, and Henry James — to take at random a few of the people whom he had not simply met and talked to, but got to know well. He was held in deep affection by two notoriously difficult men: Landor and Carlyle. He helped to rescue Keats from the abyss of neglect and remote disapproval into which he had fallen soon after his death. He did much to assist and generally bring on Swinburne, although in the course of doing so he helped to fuel Swinburne's obsession with the Marquis de Sade by supplying the poet with Sade's works from his large pornographic collection.
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