The intention of this collection of essays, first published in 1971, is to explore the political aspects of some nineteenth century English writers. Under the influence of the great revolutionary upheavals of the period almost all its most important writers were involved, explicitly or otherwise, in political ideas. This is an exploratory volume, and will be of absorbing interest to anyone studying the interaction between literature and ideas in the nineteenth century.
1. Introduction John Lucas 2. Politics and the Poet’s Role John Lucas 3. 1848 and the Strange Disease of Modern Love John Goode 4. The Radicalism of ‘Little Dorrit’ William Myers 5. George Eliot: Politics and Personality William Myers 6. George Meredith: ‘Delicate’ and ‘Epical’ Fiction David Howard 7. Conservatism and Revolution in the 1880s 8. William Morris and the Dream of Revolution; Index of Principle Authors and Works Discussed
This set reissues eight books that explore the social and political thought of the nineteenth century. The titles in this set, originally published between 1943 and 2001, examine several of the important figures of the time, including Jeremey Bentham and Thomas Carlyle, whilst also examining political movements and the emergence and growth of libertarian thought. This set will be of particular interest to students of social and political history.