CORY, William. Ionica. London. George Allen 1891
8vo. Original blue cloth ruled in blind with gilt lettering on spine; pp vi, 210; light wear to cover and foxing to front free endpapers.
This compilation of the poetry of William Cory is a varied work, making reference to contemporary and classical history. The author, an influential educator and philosophical force of his time, combines his love of literature with a razor sharp insight into the human condition, to produce a book the obscurity of which belies its success at the time. Several of the passages are written in Latin, an interesting puzzle for the scholar and casual reader alike, no doubt inspired by the writer's love of the language. Though the topics of the poems within are varied, they are linked by a central theme, that of the liberal spirit which Cory endeavoured to pass onto his pupils, many of whom went on to become influential statesmen. Cory's strong sense of empathy enables him to provide a unique social commentary, which will appeal to classicists, scholars and poetry enthusiasts alike. This collected edition was an important influence on the Uranian poets "at once an inspiration and an example" - D'Arch Smith, Love in Earnest, pp 8-11, 246