Public Speech and the Culture of Public Life in the Age of Gladstone

Public Speech and the Culture of Public Life in the Age of Gladstone

by Joseph S. Meisel
     
 

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By the last decades of the nineteenth century, more people were making more speeches to greater numbers in a wider variety of venues than at any previous time. This book argues that a recognizably modern public life was created in Victorian Britain largely through the instrumentality of public speech. Shedding new light on the careers of many of the most important

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By the last decades of the nineteenth century, more people were making more speeches to greater numbers in a wider variety of venues than at any previous time. This book argues that a recognizably modern public life was created in Victorian Britain largely through the instrumentality of public speech. Shedding new light on the careers of many of the most important figures of the Victorian era and beyond, including Gladstone, Disraeli, Sir Robert Peel, John Bright, Joseph Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, Lloyd George, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and Canon Liddon, the book traces the ways in which oratory came to occupy a central position in the conception and practice of Victorian public life. Not a study of rhetoric or a celebration of great oratory, the book stresses the social developments that led to the production and consumption of these speeches.

Editorial Reviews

English Historical Review

Informative and well written.

Choice

Imaginative and well-researched... pioneering.

History

This is an interesting study and raises many valuable points.

European Review of History
This is an extremely welcome book, which will enlighten its readers on a quite scandalously neglected aspect of ninteenth-century British culture... [T]his is a book which should be read by all who are interested in the cultural history of nineteenth century Britain.

— Martin Hewitt

Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
So good that it is extraordinary that it has not been written before.
European Review of History - Martin Hewitt

This is an extremely welcome book, which will enlighten its readers on a quite scandalously neglected aspect of ninteenth-century British culture... [T]his is a book which should be read by all who are interested in the cultural history of nineteenth century Britain.

1500-1900 Studies in English Literature

So good that it is extraordinary that it has not been written before.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231121446
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/29/2001
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.17(d)
Lexile:
1620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Joseph S. Meisel is Program Officer for Higher Education at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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