The Victorians

The Victorians

Book - 2007
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The Victorians has been widely acclaimed as the classic single-volume history of the Victorian era. Now, in this illustrated edition, A.N. Wilson presents his magnificent portrait of the age alongside many enthralling images of the 19th-century lives that he pieced together - telling a story that is still unfinished in our own day.

This beautifully produced large-format hardback contains over 150 illustrations, including photographs, paintings, drawings and cartoons from the age.

Publisher: London : Hutchinson, 2007
ISBN: 9780091796228
Branch Call Number: 941.081 Wil 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 352 p. :,ill. (some col.)


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multcolib_susannel Jun 30, 2014

I enjoyed this detailed overview of the Victorian Era. It is liberally illustrated with photos and paintings. The text is well documented with footnotes and a bibliography. Especially interesting to me was the list of Periodicals and Manuscripts consulted.

The writing style in this book is disorganized and poorly edited. If you do not already have some familiarity with the characters in the Victorian era you will find this difficult to follow as notables are mentioned 'en passant' often without context. It is interesting to see the span of the Victorian era in one volume with reference to main artists, authors, politicians and social issues [from work houses to sweat shops and typhoid epidemics] but it is a shame that such an expensive printing is written in such a disjunctive style. It is a frustrating read, even for one who has a modicum of background in European history.

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