New PDF release: Classical Victorians (Classics after Antiquity)

By Edmund Richardson

Victorian Britain got down to make the traditional global its personal. this can be the tale of the way it failed. it's the tale of the headmaster who bludgeoned his spouse to loss of life, then frivolously sat right down to his Latin. it's the tale of the embittered classical prodigy who became to gin and opium - and the virtuoso forger who fooled the best students of the age. it's a background of wish: a common who longed to be an Homeric hero, a bankrupt poet who longed to begin a revolution. Victorian classicism was once outlined by way of wish - yet formed by way of uncertainty. choked with forgotten characters and texts, with the roar of the burlesque-stage and the dust of the battlefield, this ebook deals a wealthy perception into nineteenth-century tradition and society. It explores simply how tough it's to stake a declare at the past.

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