Victorian Minds: A Study of Intellectuals in Crisis and Ideologies in Transition [NOOK Book]

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Where "Victorianism" once conjured up an image of smugness, hypocrisy, and mindlessness, it now suggests quite the reverse: an age of high intellectual, moral, and spiritual tension, in which the typical problems of modernity were posed in their most acute forms. Gertrude Himmelfarb's distinguished piece of intellectual history explores these tensions and problems with sympathy, candor, and critical subtlety. Victorian Minds is a study of intellectuals in crisis and of ideologies in transition, rendered with an ...
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Victorian Minds: A Study of Intellectuals in Crisis and Ideologies in Transition

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Overview

Where "Victorianism" once conjured up an image of smugness, hypocrisy, and mindlessness, it now suggests quite the reverse: an age of high intellectual, moral, and spiritual tension, in which the typical problems of modernity were posed in their most acute forms. Gertrude Himmelfarb's distinguished piece of intellectual history explores these tensions and problems with sympathy, candor, and critical subtlety. Victorian Minds is a study of intellectuals in crisis and of ideologies in transition, rendered with an elegance of style and thought. "Few works that I know convey the excitement of the intellectual life of 19th-century England as immediately. ... The essays are remarkable no less for the cogency of their wit than for the range and precision of their scholarship"—Lionel Trilling. "Precise and discriminating ... an exemplary study of the 19th century and a superb introduction to the 20th."—Robert A. Nisbet. "Miss Himmelfarb is a writer to whom the organization of ideas into intricate shapes and patterns is imperative, and like many of her subjects-and comparatively few modern intellectuals-she is capable of poised and meaningful generalization."— A. S. Byatt.
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From The Critics
Intellectual, sharp, and often original.
New York Times Book Review
Intellectual, sharp, and often original.
Trilling
Remarkable no less for the cogency of its wit than for the range and precision of its scholarship.
Nisbet
Precise and discriminating...an exemplary study of the nineteenth-century and a superb introduction to the twentieth.
A. S. Byatt
Powerfully poised...an imperative collection of essays.
Booknews
**** Reprint of the Knopf original of 1968--which is cited in BCL3. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461720638
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 2/1/1995
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 418
  • Sales rank: 1,087,465
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Gertrude Himmelfarb is professor emeritus of history in the Graduate School of the City University of New York. She has written extensively on Victorian England, including The De-Moralization of Society, Poverty and Compassion, The Idea of Poverty, and On Liberty and Liberalism. She lives in Washington, D.C.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
I Edmund Burke 4
II The Haunted House of Jeremy Bentham 32
III The Specter of Malthus 82
IV The Other John Stuart Mill 113
V Lord Acton: The Historian as Moralist 155
VI Leslie Stephen: The Victorian as Intellectual 198
VII Walter Bagehot: A Common Man with Uncommom Ideas 220
VIII James Anthony Froude: A Forgotten Worthy 236
IX John Buchan: The Last Victorian 249
X The Victorian Ethos: Before and After Victoria 275
XI The Victorian Angst 300
XII Varieties of Social Darwinism 314
XIII Politics and Ideology: The Reform Act of 1867 333
Index
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