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One hot summer : Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli, and the great stink of 1858

Title
One hot summer : Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli, and the great stink of 1858 / Rosemary Ashton.
ISBN
9780300238662
Publication
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2018.
Copyright Notice Date
©2017
Physical Description
viii, 338 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm
Summary
London, 1858. Noteworthy for its broiling summer months and the related stench of the sewage-filled Thames River, the year is otherwise little remembered. Ashton reveals that thanks to significant, if unrecognized, turning points the months from May to August turned out to be a summer of consequence. She mines Victorian letters and gossip, diaries, court records, newspapers, and other contemporary sources to uncover historically crucial moments in the lives of three protagonists: Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Disraeli. Invisible threads of connection among Londoners at every social level in 1858 bring the celebrated city and its citizens vibrantly to life.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
October 24, 2018
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 314-320) and index.
Contents
Prologue
1858 in history. Moments of consequence ; The rise of Disraeli ; Medicine and marriage ; Literature and art
May 1858. Dickens in distress ; Derby Day ; Marriage mischief
June 1858, part I. Darwin and the pursuit of science ; Dickens dissolves his marriage ; Midsummer madness ; Meltdown in Clubland
June 1858, part II. The silver Thames ; Queen Victoria, Cruiser, and the Great Eastern ; Crinolineomania ; More marriage troubles ; Darwin's dilemma
July 1858. Darwin in distress ; "Mad" wives and vengeful husbands ; Disraeli tames the Thames ; Rothschild enters the Commons at last
July-August 1858. Hot heads at the Garrick Club ; Dickens on tour ; The exploits of Dickens's Mr Stryver ; Disraeli's whitebait dinner
The aftermath of the hot summer. The fallout from the Garrick Club affair ; Success and embarrassment for Dickens ; The end of the Robinson case ; Darwin triumphant
Epilogue. The year in pantomime ; One hot summer's consequences.
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