The Spirit of the Age: Victorian Essays

The Spirit of the Age: Victorian Essays

by Gertrude Himmelfarb
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300123302

ISBN-13: 9780300123302

Pub. Date: 11/27/2007

Publisher: Yale University Press

None of the stereotypes of Victorian England-narrow-minded, inhibited, moralistic, complacent-prepares us for the vitality, variety, and above all extraordinary quality of intellectual life displayed in this volume of essays. Selected and introduced by Gertrude Himmelfarb, a distinguished historian of Victorian thought, the writings address a wide range of…  See more details below

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None of the stereotypes of Victorian England-narrow-minded, inhibited, moralistic, complacent-prepares us for the vitality, variety, and above all extraordinary quality of intellectual life displayed in this volume of essays. Selected and introduced by Gertrude Himmelfarb, a distinguished historian of Victorian thought, the writings address a wide range of subjects-religion, politics, history, science, art, socialism, and feminism-by eminent figures of the era, including Carlyle, Mill, Macaulay, Dickens, Eliot, Thackeray, Newman, Arnold, and Wilde. The selections and introductions reflect what Himmelfarb terms "the spirit of the age"-contentious as well as earnest, given to high aspirations and convictions, and at the same time subject to deep anxieties and doubts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300123302
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/27/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

I The Spirit of the Age 1

II The Essay as Genre 18

Early Victorian England

"Signs of the Times" (1829) Thomas Carlyle 31

"The Spirit of the Age" (1831) John Stuart Mill 50

"Civil Disabilities of the Jews" (1831) T. B. Macaulay 80

"The Snobs of England, by One of Themselves" (1846-47) W. M. Thackeray 91

"Demoralisation and Total Abstinence" (1849) Charles Dickens 107

Mid-Victorian England

"Evangelical Teaching: Dr. Cumming" (1855) George Eliot 119

"Dull Government," "Average Government," and "Thinking Government" (1856) Walter Bagehot 145

"A Few Words on Non-Intervention" (1859) John Stuart Mill 157

"The Roots of Honour" (1860) John Ruskin 172

"General Answer to Mr. Kingsley" (1864) John Henry Newman 185

"Culture and Its Enemies" (1867) Matthew Arnold 205

Late Victorian England

"The History of Freedom in Antiquity" (1877) John E. E. D. Acton 227

"The Future of English women: A Reply" (1878) Millicent Garrett Fawcett 248

"'Robert Elsmere': The Battle of Belief" (1888) W.E. Gladstone 260

"Pages from a Work-Girl's Diary" (1888) Beatrice Webb 280

"The Soul of Man under Socialism" (1891) Oscar Wilde 294

"Evolution and Ethics" (1893) T. H. Huxley 311

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