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By Edmund Richardson

Victorian Britain got down to make the traditional global its personal. this can be the tale of ways it failed. it's the tale of the headmaster who bludgeoned his spouse to loss of life, then lightly sat right down to his Latin. it's the tale of the embittered classical prodigy who became to gin and opium - and the virtuoso forger who fooled the best students of the age. it's a historical past of desire: a normal who longed to be an Homeric hero, a bankrupt poet who longed to begin a revolution. Victorian classicism was once outlined via desire - yet formed by way of uncertainty. jam-packed with forgotten characters and texts, with the roar of the burlesque-stage and the dust of the battlefield, this ebook bargains a wealthy perception into nineteenth-century tradition and society. It explores simply how tricky it really is to stake a declare at the past.

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