By James Eli Adams

Incorporating a huge variety of latest scholarship, A heritage of Victorian Literature provides an summary of the literature produced in nice Britain among 1830 and 1900, with clean attention of either significant figures and a few of the era's much less favourite authors. a part of the Blackwell Histories of Literature sequence, the publication describes the improvement of the Victorian literary circulate and areas it inside of its cultural, social and political context.A wide-ranging narrative evaluation of literature in nice Britain among 1830 and 1900, taking pictures the extreme number of literary output produced in this eraAnalyzes the advance of all literary kinds in this interval - the unconventional, poetry, drama, autobiography and significant prose - along side significant advancements in social and highbrow historyConsiders the ways that writers engaged with new kinds of social accountability of their paintings, as Britain remodeled into the world's first business economyOffers a clean viewpoint at the paintings of either significant figures and a few of the era?s much less commonplace authors

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Yet Carlyle’s growing audience ultimately embraced such estrangement as a warrant of integrity. As his admiring biographer J. A. 402). indd 29 12/29/2008 3:15:55 PM 30 Literature in the Age of Machinery, 1830–1850 writer, in other contexts vilified as an unprincipled hack, became a model of detachment from party, tradition, and unreflective “allegiance” of all kinds. Here was the realm of the man of letters – a space that would come to be associated with the work of “culture” and criticism generally.

Everywhere throughout Europe,” Bulwer wrote in England and the English (1833), “the glory of the theater is beginning to grow dim,” its former blaze certain to “die off in silence and darkness, like an extinct volcano” (Bulwer 1833: 135). There was similar consensus about the cause of the decline, in Britain at least: lack of financial reward even for successful playwrights, and the theater-going public’s pleasure in elaborate spectacle. Before the 1860s, playwrights were paid at a flat rate, which was unaffected by the length of a run.

Indeed, not until the 1890s, with the “new drama” of Ibsen and Shaw – or so the traditional history runs – did the stage became a central locus of cultural innovation and debate. But these verdicts say as much about an elitist hierarchy of dramatic forms as they do of the power of drama. Drama has always been an arena for battles over the puritanism of British culture. In 1830, when many dissenters and evangelicals shuddered at the idea of setting foot in a playhouse (a thrilling transgression memorably recorded in the best-selling John Halifax, Gentleman [1856]) a visitor to London might have been struck more than anything by the sheer variety of theatrical forms on exhibit: farce, pantomime, burlesque, melodrama, opera, drawing-room comedy, Shakespeare.

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