142 Strand: A Radical Address in Victorian London by Rosemary Ashton (Paperback, 2008)
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- Description142 Strand was the home of the brilliant, unconventional young publisher John Chapman. All the daring and avant-garde writers and thinkers of Victorian London gathered here, among them Carlyle, Dickens, Thackeray; Americans like Emerson and refugees from revolutionary Europe like Mazzini. In 1851 Chapman brought Marian Evans - the future George Eliot - to London where her arrival caused rows in the household, which included Chapman's wife and also his mistress. The Strand was packed with booksellers, magazine publishers, theatres, clubs, and quack doctors. Only a short distance away were Westminster, the Houses of Parliament and the disreputable porgraphers of Holywell street. Chapman's circle touched all these worlds, and the vivid story of these unconventional lives and urthodox views - marvellously told by Rosemary Ashton - takes us to the heart of Victorian culture, uncovering its surprising energy, its doubts and arguments, and, above all, its passionate reforming spirit.
- Author BiographyRosemary Ashton is Quain Professor of English Language and Literature at University College London. She is the author of acclaimed critical biographies of Coleridge, George Henry Lewes and George Eliot and Thomas and Jane Carlyle: Portrait of a Marriage.
- Author(s)Rosemary Ashton
- PublisherVintage Publishing
- Date of Publication07/02/2008
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note16pp b/w plates
- Weight293 g
- Width129 mm
- Height197 mm
- Spine26 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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