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Victorian Soundscapes

John M. Picker


This book shows how, in more ways than one, Victorians were hearing things. The chapters cover the railway that tore with a shriek, roar, and rattle through an eminent novelist's city and countryside; the street music that drove a famous historian to a soundproof room and a popular illustrator to his premature death; the newly invented telephone that enchanted a queen; and the phonograph that preserved the gruff growl of a poet laureate. This book's approach to the representations close listeners left of their soundscapes draws upon literary and scientific works to recapture the sense of aural ... More

Keywords: Charles Dickens, George Eliot, sound, Victorians, voice, noise, literature, sound technology, phonograph, street music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195151916
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151916.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M. Picker, author
Harvard University
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