The Victorian Visitors: Culture Shock in Nineteenth-Century Britain.
Place Published: New York, New York, U.S.A.:
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press/Little Brown,
Date Published: 2001.
Description: STATED FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, FIRST PRINTING (10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1). 272 pages with index. The book and dust jacket are VERY FINE/AS NEW (unread). NOT price-clipped and NOT remaindered. JMVintage specializes in books, magazines, and treasures related to the Duke & Duchess of Windsor. Dust jacket notes read: "In the nineteenth century, London was a city of big money, large audiences, and creative dynamism. In The Victorian Visitors, Rupert Christiansen lucidly captures the city to which visitors went in search of the artistic fervor, fame, and wealth that only London could offer. The great French painter Theodore Gericault escaped to London after a disappointing reception in Paris to show his painting, Raft of the 'Medusa.' The high pitch and hustle of London life influenced the fecundity and variety of several of his paintings, including Derby d'Epsom. Composer Richard Wagner went for the first time in search of money, but was disappointed to find the audiences indiscriminating, the musicians poorly trained, and the weather depressing. Writing to his friend Liszt in a frenzy of despair, he said, 'I live here like a damned soul in hell.' Then there was the demon Australian bowler, Frederick Spofforth, who changed the course of English cricket. The fascinating stories of the visitors also include Ralph Waldo Emerson who drove Thomas Carlyle to distraction with his 'moonshine' philosophy, the American Daniel Home's inexplicable psychic powers and his disastrous involvement with an elderly Cockney widow, and the pirouetting Italian ballerinas who captivated the young George Bernard Shaw and roused music-hall audiences to a collective erotic frenzy. In readable and often hilarious detail, The Victorian Visitors relates the tragicomic stories of a succession of remarkable foreigners who traveled to Britain in the nineteenth century and left influential marks on many aspects of its culture."Edition: First edition
Binding: Hard Back
Condition: Very Fine in Very Fine dj
Book Id: 9920