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The Victorian frame of mind, 1830-1870

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    Walter Edwards Houghton(Author)
"It is now forty years," Walter Houghton writes, "since Lytton Strachey decided that we knew too much about the Victorian era to view its culture as a whole."Recently the tide has turned and the Victorians have been the subject of sympathetic "period pieces," critical and biographical works, and extensive studies of their age, but the Victorian mind itself remains blurred for us-a bundle of various and often paradoxical ideas and attitudes.Mr. Houghton explores these ideas and attitudes, studies their interrelationships, and traces their simultaneous existence to the general character of the age.His inquiry is the more important because it demonstrates that to look into the Victorian mind is to see some of the primary sources of the modern mind.

'It is now forty years, ' Walter Houghton writes, 'since Lytton Strachey decided that we already knew too much about the Victorian era to view its culture as a whole.' Recently the tide has turned and the Victorians have been the subject of sympathetic 'period pieces, ' critical and biographical works, and extensive studies of their age, but the Victorian mind itself remains blurred for us--a bundle of various and often paradoxical ideas and attitudes. Mr. Houghton explores these ideas and attitudes, studies their interrelationships, and traces their simultaneous existence to the general character of the age. His inquiry is the more important because it demonstrates that to look into the Victorian mind is to see some of the primary sources of the modern mind. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 467 pages
  • Walter Edwards Houghton(Author)
  • Published for Wellesley College by Yale U.P.; Oxford U.P (1957)
  • English
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  • By LJC on 10 June 2013

    A very informative book, which I found easy to read and very interesting. Lots of useful information. It was bought as part of a group of books for a course on Victorian England.

  • By Michael on 5 June 2014

    This is detailed, nuanced, well-written, and quite astoundingly well-researched. A pleasure to read for undergraduates and older. Houghton has highly achieved.

  • By Tacey Bain on 18 September 2015

    Prompt delivery of out of print book, can't ask for more.

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