A Companion to the Victorian Novel by Kenneth Womack, William Baker

By Kenneth Womack, William Baker

Victorian novels stay drastically well known at the present time: a few remain made into motion pictures, whereas authors similar to Charles Dickens and George Eliot are firmly demonstrated within the canon and taught in any respect degrees. those works have additionally attracted loads of serious awareness, with a lot present scholarship studying the radical with regards to its ancient, political, and cultural contexts. This reference booklet is an introductory consultant to the Victorian novel, its historical past, and its legacy. each one bankruptcy is written via a professional contributor and gives a clean account of previous, present, and new instructions in scholarship.

The quantity is split into a number of extensive sections, with chapters in each one part treating extra really expert subject matters. the 1st part appears on the emergence of the Victorian novel and its literary precursors, with specific emphasis at the development of serialization and the improvement of the radical of syndication. the second one explores major social and cultural elements of nineteenth-century British literature, whereas the 3rd discusses the valuable gains of other genres, akin to ghost tales, the Gothic, detective fiction, the social challenge novel, and modern movie variations. person authors are tested within the fourth part, whereas the 5th overviews quite a few serious methods and their program to nineteenth-century fiction.

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And I have the merriest meals with Cardinal Passionei, a jovial old man of seventy-eight years. I also go for drives with him, and he always escorts me home in person. When I accompany him to Frascati, we sit down to table in slippers and night-caps; and if I choose to humour him, in our night-shirts too. This may seem incredible, but I am telling the truth. Granted that he could not carry com, this should not be counted against him; for, as he once said himself, his youth had been altogether too wretched.

My friend, this is by far the saddest piece of news I have ever received in my life. If your condition were a case in which your mind was suffering, and I could contribute something to heal it by encouragement, I would promise you to sacrifice everything and to bear good and evil with you until my life's end. For I belong to the few who look upon friendship as the highest earthly possession and who prize it above everything else in the world; and I should like to be famous after death for having been an exceptional friend.

One wonders what all these kind gentlemen thought when letters of thanks reached them from Naples. The pension had come after all, and Winckelmann had been in Naples for two months before the sum of money arrived which the donors believed to be indispensable to the journey. It is clear from the correspondence that Stosch had also flung himself into the breach; and that Archinto had 'almost forced' Winckelmann to accept a present of fifty scudi. The recipient of so much bounty expressed himself both to Wille and to Fuessli in the warmest terms.

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