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The Victorian Eighteenth Century: An Intellectual History

B.W. Young


The Victorians were preoccupied by the 18th century. It was central to many 19th-century debates, particularly those concerning the place of history and religion in national life. This book explores the diverse responses of key Victorian writers and thinkers — Thomas Carlyle, John Henry Newman, Leslie Stephen, Vernon Lee, and M. R. James — to a period which commanded their interest throughout the Victorian era, from the accession of Queen Victoria to the opening decades of the 20th century. They were, on the one hand, appalled by the apparent frivolity of the 18th century, which was denounced ... More

Keywords: Thomas Carlyle, John Henry Newman, Leslie Stephen, Vernon Lee, M.R. James, Puritans, Romanticism, Victorianism, English culture, Victorian culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199256228
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

B.W. Young, author
University Lecturer and Student and Tutor in History, Christ Church College, Oxford