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Title:
Victorian people and ideas; a companion for the modern reader of Victorian literature
Author:
Altick, Richard D. (Richard Daniel), 1915-2008.
Edition:
[First edition].
Publication Information:
New York : Norton [1973]
Physical Description:
xii, 338 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1450 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780393042603

9780393093766
Format :
Book

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Summary

The reputation of the Victorian age in England has undergone many vicissitudes, but it is now higher than ever. In this important study, Richard D. Altick moves us toward an understanding of the social, intellectual, and theological crises that Carlyle and Dickens, Tennyson and Arnold were daily struggling to solve. And the issues were many: the revolution in class structure and class attitudes; the rise of utilitarianism and the evangelical spirit; the crisis in religion, including the Oxford movement and Darwinism; the democratization of culture; the place of art and the artist in an industrial, bourgeois society; the effects of industrialism, especially on the way people live. Altick brings to the discussion of these complicated questions the lively and sensitive intelligence that his many readers have come to expect. He includes contemporary illustrations and a full reference index.


Table of Contents

Preface
I The Longest Reign (1837-1901)p. 1
II The Victorians: Actors and Audiencep. 17
III The Spirit of the Age: Time, Place, and Changep. 73
IV The Utilitarian Spiritp. 114
V The Evangelical Temperp. 165
VI Religious Movements and Crisesp. 203
VII Democracy, Industry, and Culturep. 238
VIII The Nature of Art and Its Place in Societyp. 269
IX Progress of a Reputationp. 299
Chronologyp. 310
Sources of Quotations from Modern Booksp. 318
Other Books to Readp. 320
Indexp. 324