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142 Strand: A Radical Address in Victorian London (Paperback)
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142 Strand: A Radical Address in Victorian London (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 07/02/2008
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142 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 pornographers of Holywell street. Chapman's circle touched all these worlds, and the vivid story of these unconventional lives and unorthodox 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.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780712606967
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 293 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This is a portrait skilfully drawn in the round...brilliantly captured" -- Rosemary Hill * Sunday Times *
"Wonderfully researched and absorbing account" -- Philip Hoare * Observer *
"Rosemary Ashton tells his story [John Chapman's] with both aplomb and scholarship. Anyone wanting to deepen their knowledge of London's intellectual life at this time will find her book indispensable" -- Simon Heffer * Spectator *
"Rivetingly entertaining" -- AN Wilson * Observer, Books of the Year *
"On the intellectual debates...that exercised these characters she is excellent, describing books and linking ideas with panache. There are, too, many moments when the story of 142 Strand comes very vividly to life" -- Matthew Sturgis * Sunday Telegraph *

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