The Times Great Victorian Lives (Times (Times Books))

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Obituaries of the most influential Victorians as profiled by The Times, including Dickens, Darwin, Ruskin, Peel, WG Grace and Florence Nightingale.

For over 150 years, The Times obituaries have been providing the most respected and perceptive verdicts on the lives of the great and the good. Scientists, social reformers, composers, writers, sportsmen and politicians…Times Great Victorian Lives examines the achievements of eminent Victorians, from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to Charles Darwin, Disraeli to Gladstone and Florence Nightingale to Sarah Bernhardt.

Figures have been chosen according to their importance today and are ordered chronologically. The Times Great Victorian Lives gives a fascinating insight into Victorian history, revealing how the Victorian figures we now consider 'great' were seen in their day.

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Praise for The Times Great Victorian Lives:

‘A brilliant concept, irresistible to anyone interested in those amazing Victorians. Like re-reading history through a many-faceted prism … So many gems’ Liza Picard, author of Victorian London

Praise for The Times Great Lives:

‘a glorious celebration of human diversity, genius and sheer eccentricity…Great Lives is a great book’ Daily Express

‘an engrossing volume, full of lively writing’ The Times Literary Supplement

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It was during the Victorian era that the first obituaries appeared in The Times, documenting the lives of the great and the good. Nearly two centuries later our evaluation of many of these historical figures has changed, and deserves reassessment.

Obituaries of some of the most significant and influential scientists, social reformers, composers, writers and politicians of the Victorian era (including Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Charles Dickens, William Gladstone, Karl Marx, Louis Pasteur, Christina Rossetti, Thomas Cook and Oscar Wilde) have been selected by Ian Brunskill, the Obituaries Editor of The Times. Professor Andrew Sanders has edited each obituary, with insightful commentary to reveal the subtexts and omissions of those early accounts.

Arranged according to the date of their deaths and illustrated with rare pictures from The Times archive, these great lives offer a fascinating analysis of one of the most interesting eras in history, examining the society, people and values of the Victorian world, and, indirectly, the legacy of the men and women who lived through, and influenced, it as it is seen today.

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