Biographical Dictionary of Literary Influences: The by John Powell

By John Powell

Over the last 20 years, the method of cultural improvement and, specifically, the function of interpreting has been of growing to be curiosity, yet contemporary learn has been episodic and idiosyncratic. during this biographical dictionary, examine committed particularly to the interpreting conduct of nineteenth century people who formed Western tradition is introduced jointly for the 1st time. whereas giving sought after assurance to literary and political figures, the volume's 270 entries additionally comprise musicians, painters, educators, and explorers. every one access contains short biographical details, a concise precis of literary impacts at the topic, and transparent course for extra learn. The ebook presents a pragmatic device for students wishing to track the studying event of significant Western cultural figures.

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In this work, Adams accepts Agassiz's theory of cataclysmic change as more likely, but he also incorporates the ideas of Lyell and Comte, reasoning that the cause of change is less important than the consequence. Pointing to the corruption of twentieth-century politics and society and comparing it to the unity of the High Middle Ages, Adams inverts his mentors' more optimistic view of change into a narrative of decline. Adams regards the machine age as the final cataclysm. Society has been disintegrating since the Middle Ages, and Adams perceives the industrial revolution as the disastrous finishing touch.

Le Faye, D. Jane Austen: A Family Record (London: British Library, 1989). Extensive use of family papers and correspondence. ). Jane Austen's Letters, 3rd ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995). All extant letters reprinted and annotated. Brian McCuskey B BAGEHOT, WALTER (1826-1877). Walter Bagehot was born in 1826 and spent his adult life in Langport, Somersetshire, England. Baptized in the Church of England, Walter also learned of nonconformity from his father, a lifelong Unitarian. Bagehot's biographer, Norman St.

He was educated at Tours' Le Guay school, then at the college of Vendome, and later at Paris' Ganser School. He studied law to become a solicitor but abandoned the legal field to write, producing mediocre librettos, tragedies (Cromwell), and run-of-the-mill historical novels published under various pseudonyms (Auguste Lepoitevin, Lord R'Hoone, Horace de Saint-Aubin). Engaged in business ventures that put him in debt for the rest of his life, he wrote his first major novel Le Dernier Chouan ou la Bretagne en 1800 (published in 1829).

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