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Victorian Poetry, Drama and Miscellaneous Prose 1832–1890$
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Paul Turner

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198122395

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122395.001.0001

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Other Prose Writers

Other Prose Writers

(p.290) 15. Other Prose Writers
Victorian Poetry, Drama and Miscellaneous Prose 1832–1890

Paul Turner

Oxford University Press

This chapter delves into the prose writers, namely: John Keble, Francis William Newman, John Frederick Denison Maurice, Richard Chenevix Trench, William Ewart Gladstone, Samuel Smiles, Herbert Spencer, Walter Bagehot, Eneas Sweetland Dallas, Leslie Stephen, John Morley, Henry Sidgwick, Francis Herbert Bradley. As Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) explained, writing verse means more than turning out ‘two hundred lines an hour, while standing on one leg’, and the same applies to prose. So the term ‘prose-writer’ here excludes any who worked, however interestingly or voluminously, in the spirit of M. Jourdain. All the authors mentioned were conscious of their medium and concerned to use it effectively. Some were directly engaged in forms of literary or linguistic criticism. A third type of qualification for inclusion in this chapter has been subject matter broad enough in scope to be called, in Matthew Arnold’s vague but useful phrase, ‘criticism of life’.

Keywords:   John Keble, Francis William Newman, Samuel Smiles, Herbert Spencer, Horace, prose writers, linguistic criticism

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