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.
Table of Contents
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