Dickens's England: Life in Victorian Times

Dickens's England: Life in Victorian Times


Victorian England was once, in Tennyson's word, an lousy second of transition. A society established principally on agriculture, conventional values, and social hierarchies used to be reworked into one either motivated and unsettled through unheard of progress in technological know-how, expertise, undefined, urbanization and inhabitants, and profound wondering of politics, morality, and faith. Its writers energetically published their responses to the days and the impact that any such swiftly altering global had upon them. This number of the very best, wittiest, and most unique Victorian writing makes use of cautious observations and acute reviews to carry to existence the diversity, the strength, and the usually harsh truth of the society that produced and encouraged one in every of England's most famed authors.

In addition to Dickens, Pritchard makes use of choices that disguise all facets of Victorian lifestyles, together with Henry Mayhew (on the London poor), Elizabeth Gaskell and Engels (on the commercial periods and conditions), William Cobbett and Francis Kilvert (on rural life), Trollope (on Church life), Huxley and Darwin (on technological know-how and evolution), and Carlyle, Ruskin, and Matthew Arnold (on paintings and culture). He additionally presents excerpts from traveling commentators akin to the american citizens Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville. including 50 illustrations, those choices mix to specific the spirit of what Elizabeth Barrett Browning known as this reside, throbbing age, that brawls, cheats, maddens, calculates, [and] aspires.

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