The Cambridge Apostles, 1820-1914: Liberalism, Imagination, and Friendship in British Intellectual and Professional Life

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Overview

This book is a full-scale study of the world's most famous secret society, the Cambridge 'Apostles'. It shows how the Apostles recruited their members, examines their intellectual preoccupations, and studies the careers of such figures as F. D. Maurice, Lytton Strachey and John Maynard Keynes by tracing the participation of the Apostles in politics, letters, and liberal reform in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The book also examines the role of liberalism, imagination, and friendship in modern life.
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"This is a rich study, immensely useful in telling us so much about 255 men who had, to a great degree, such an effect on their age and who were also so emblematic of what was best and most signigicant in the long nineteenth century." Peter Stansky, Albion

"...everyone who is interested in Victorian intellectuals will welcome this book, and read it with care and profit." Christopher Kent, Canadian Journal of History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521572132
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Apostles and intellectual and professional life 1
1 The Cambridge Conversazione Society and the formation of friendship 27
2 The social background, education, and careers of the Cambridge Apostles 90
3 The Apostles and the great world: parliament, government, the civil service, and the law 142
4 The Apostles and the great world: journalism, letters, and clubs 205
5 The Apostles and learning: the Public Schools 250
6 The Apostles and learning: the universities 295
7 The Apostles, religion, and the crisis of belief 356
Conclusion 410
App The Cambridge Apostles: a biographical directory 413
Bibliography 433
Index 451
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