The Golden Treasury is one of the best loved anthologies of English poetry ever published. The book was meticulously compiled by poet and scholar, Francis Turner Palgrave, in collaboration with Alfred Tennyson, who was then poet laureate.
It’s arranged chronologically into four books which each celebrate a different era in the evolution of English poetry. All the greats are here from Shakespeare and Milton, Marvell and Pope, Wordsworth and Keats. First published in 1861 it became the standard anthology for over 100 years.
This Macmillan Collector’s Library edition includes a foreword by poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and is published to mark Macmillan’s 175th anniversary
Francis Turner Palgrave was born in 1824 and
educated at Charterhouse and Oxford University.
After ten years in the education department of the
civil service, he was appointed Professor of poetry at
Oxford University. He published three volumes of his
own poetry but is best remembered for compiling
The Golden Treasury of English Songs and Lyrics
which was first published in 1861. He died in 1897.