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Providence and Love: Studies in Wordsworth, Channing, Myers, George Eliot, and Ruskin

John Beer


This book provides a collection of studies that are connected by common underlying themes: the sense of Providence, the growing awareness of its loss in the 19th century, and the pressure on the ideal of Romantic love as that came increasingly to be treated as a substitute. It raises other questions: Were Wordsworth's ‘Lucy’ poems simply Romantic fictions, or did they mask the memory of an actual youthful attachment? What was the story behind the secret message that F. W. H. Myers left with the Society for Psychical Research, hoping to transmit it after his death? And what was it about the you ... More

Keywords: Providence, love, romantic literature, nineteenth century, Wordsworth, Myers, George Eliot, Channing, Ruskin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198184362
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184362.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Beer, author
Peterhouse, Cambridge