By James Eli Adams
Incorporating a extensive diversity of latest scholarship, A background of Victorian Literature provides an outline of the literature produced in nice Britain among 1830 and 1900, with clean attention of either significant figures and a few of the era's much less normal authors. a part of the Blackwell Histories of Literature sequence, the booklet describes the advance of the Victorian literary flow and areas it inside its cultural, social and political context.A wide-ranging narrative evaluate of literature in nice Britain among 1830 and 1900, shooting the intense number of literary output produced in this eraAnalyzes the advance of all literary kinds in this interval - the radical, poetry, drama, autobiography and demanding prose - together with significant advancements in social and highbrow historyConsiders the ways that writers engaged with new kinds of social accountability of their paintings, as Britain remodeled into the world's first business economyOffers a clean standpoint at the paintings of either significant figures and a few of the era?s much less commonly used authors
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At once Jeremiah and John the Baptist, he excoriated the failings of England and foretold its imminent collapse, while at the same time heralding “a new mythus” that would rescue the country from its bewilderment – although the form of that redeeming faith remained elusive. Hence the appeal of figures of radical alienation: St John the Baptist, Ahab, Ishmael. Yet Carlyle’s growing audience ultimately embraced such estrangement as a warrant of integrity. As his admiring biographer J. A. 402). indd 29 12/29/2008 3:15:55 PM 30 Literature in the Age of Machinery, 1830–1850 writer, in other contexts vilified as an unprincipled hack, became a model of detachment from party, tradition, and unreflective “allegiance” of all kinds.
I die of Albophobia,” Charles Lamb wrote in 1827 – but nearly all succumbed to the fees on offer (Adburgham 1983). The form allowed unusual prominence to women poets, most notably Felicia Hemans and Letitia Landon (or L. E. ), who in 1830 were two of the most prominent voices in English poetry. Unsurprisingly, the affiliation of poetry with the feminized world of the annuals further exasperated critical frustration at the dearth of new poetry generally. “The reign of poesy is over, at least for half a century,” declared the hero of Disraeli’s Vivian Grey (1827).
One of the great successes of the 1860s, Our American Cousin, netted the manager of the Haymarket Theatre the fabulous sum of 20,000 pounds (the annual income of Britain’s wealthiest nobility); its author, Tom Taylor, received 150 pounds. In the 1830s the standard fee for a first-run drama at minor theaters was between 50 and 70 pounds – which put great pressure on dramatists to be prolific (and to borrow heavily from foreign sources) but made it almost impossible for them to live comfortably through playwriting alone.
A History of Victorian Literature (Blackwell History of Literature) by James Eli Adams