The Busiest Man in England: Grant Allen and the Writing Trade, 1875-1900 (Hardback)P. Morton (author)
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Publisher: Palgrave USA
Number of pages: 251
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
Edition: 2005 ed.
"Remembered today mainly for his best-selling 'sex-problem' novel The Woman Who Did, Grant Allen was the most versatile man of letters in late Victorian London, and one of the most controversial. An outspoken atheist, socialist, evolutionist, sexual radical, and polymath, he was one of the chief shapers of the iconoclastic mentality of the 1890s.
For reasons which have long been mysterious, Allen, from a wealthy Canadian family, was dependent upon the new mass market for popular fiction to keep the wolf from the door. Peter Morton, having combed through dusty archives with the energy of a Sherlock Holmes, has emerged, not only with a solution to the mystery, but also with an unsurpassed knowledge of Grant Allen and his times. His beautifully-written biography - the first for more than a century - of this remarkable and unjustly neglected figure throws a brilliant new light on the entire literary-cultural scene of late nineteenth-century England."-Nicholas Ruddick, University of Regina