Victorian Bloomsbury

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  • Copyright: 2012-11-13
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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While Bloomsbury is now associated with Virginia Woolf and her early-twentieth-century circle of writers and artists, the neighborhood was originally the undisputed intellectual quarter of nineteenth-century London. Drawing on a wealth of untapped archival resources, Rosemary Ashton brings to life the educational, medical, and social reformists who lived and worked in Victorian Bloomsbury and who led crusades for education, emancipation, and health for all. Ashton explores the secular impetus behind these reforms and the humanitarian and egalitarian character of nineteenth-century Bloomsbury. Thackeray and Dickens jostle with less famous characters like Henry Brougham and Mary Ward. Embracing the high life of the squares, the nonconformity of churches, the parades of shops, schools, hospitals and poor homes, this is a major contribution to the history of nineteenth-century London.

Author Biography

Rosemary Ashton is professor of English language and literature at University College London and the author of many distinguished biographies and cultural histories of the nineteenth century including George Eliot and 142 Strand.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vi
Preface and Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: Surveying Bloomsburyp. 1
Godlessness on Gower Streetp. 25
Steam Intellect: Diffusing Useful Knowledgep. 58
Gower Street Again: Scandals and Schoolsp. 82
Bloomsbury Medicine: Letting in the Lightp. 105
The British Museum, Panizzi, and the Whereabouts of Russell Squarep. 131
Towards the Millenniump. 155
A 'Quasi-Collegiate' Experiment in Gordon Squarep. 183
Educating Womenp. 215
Christian Brotherhood, Co-operation and Working Men and Womenp. 249
Work and Play in Tavistock Placep. 274
Epiloguep. 305
Notesp. 311
Bibliographyp. 347
Indexp. 360
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