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Davis (English literature, Univ. of Liverpool; Bernard Malamud: A Writer's Life) sets out to explain the importance of Victorian literature to contemporary readers. Because the Victorian age was the first in which reading was a nationwide pastime, the author calls his work a "personal manifesto," inviting his own readers to discover what moves them in a book. Phrenology was popular in Victorian times, and Davis describes what he calls the "Victorian bump," that portion of the mind that makes Victorian literature really matter, a point of transition between old and new, primal and civilized, faith and doubt. To make his point, he explores the works of such authors as Anthony Trollope, Thomas Hardy, Matthew Arnold, John Stuart Mill, John Ruskin, and Sir Walter Scott. Part of a series exploring a broad range of subject areas, this book is admittedly subjective in its exploration of the relevance of Victorian literature in the 21st century. Davis notes that it is intended for the reader rather than the scholar, but it will be of more interest to academic than to public libraries.
—Denise J. Stankovics