By Gertrude Himmelfarb
The place "Victorianism" as soon as conjured up a picture of smugness, hypocrisy, and mindlessness, it now indicates particularly the opposite: an age of excessive highbrow, ethical, and religious rigidity, within which the common difficulties of modernity have been posed of their such a lot acute varieties. Gertrude Himmelfarb's unique piece of highbrow heritage explores those tensions and issues of sympathy, candor, and demanding subtlety. Victorian Minds is a examine of intellectuals in situation and of ideologies in transition, rendered with an attractiveness of favor and idea. "Few works that i do know exhibit the thrill of the highbrow lifetime of 19th-century England as instantly. ... The essays are extraordinary no much less for the cogency in their wit than for the variety and precision in their scholarship"―Lionel Trilling. "Precise and discriminating ... an exemplary learn of the nineteenth century and a good creation to the 20th."―Robert A. Nisbet. "Miss Himmelfarb is a author to whom the association of rules into tricky shapes and styles is central, and prefer a lot of her subjects-and relatively few glossy intellectuals-she is in a position to poised and significant generalization."― A. S. Byatt.
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