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The Greek Heritage in Victorian Britain

Frank M. Turner

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September 10, 1984
466 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300032574
Paper

An important study that establishes what Victorian writers said about Greek culture and how their interpretations both molded and reflected the attitudes and values of the Victorian age.
“No doubt about it, The Greek Heritage in Victorian Britain is a formidable and ground-breaking achievement…. One of the most important and far-reaching investigations of the roots of intellectual history to be published in decades, a book to be read and reread,… to be annotated, argued with, and debated on specific issues for years to come.  It is a truly monumental achievement.”—Peter Green, Times Literary Supplement
“[This book], which makes major contributions to our understanding of the intellectual life of the last century, will be of great interest to students of Victorian art, literature, and ideas in both England and America.”—George p. Landow, American Historical Review
“Readable, intelligent, though, witty, and magisterial… It is the book on its subject…. Turner’s study has changed, changed utterly, the Victorian landscape.”—Richard Tobias, Victorian Poetry
“Turner’s is an intelligent critical study of great value.”—Hugh Lloyd-Jones, London Review of Books

"An essential, comprehensive study of the multi-faceted nature of the Greek heritage in Britain."—Greek Review

“No doubt about it, The Greek Heritage in Victorian Britain is a formidable and ground-breaking achievement…. One of the most important and far-reaching investigations of the roots of intellectual history to be published in decades, a book to be read and reread, . . . to be annotated, argued with, and debated on specific issues for years to come.  It is a truly monumental achievement.”—Peter Green, Times Literary Supplement

 

“[This book], which makes major contributions to our understanding of the intellectual life of the last century, will be of great interest to students of Victorian art, literature, and ideas in both England and America.”—George p. Landow, American Historical Review

 

“Readable, intelligent, though, witty, and magisterial. . . . It is the book on its subject. . . . Turner’s study has changed, changed utterly, the Victorian landscape.”—Richard Tobias, Victorian Poetry

 

“Turner’s is an intelligent critical study of great value.”—Hugh Lloyd-Jones, London Review of Books

"Professor Turner's book is enthusiastically recommended not only because of its luminous analyses but also because we need to understand the present extraordinary Greek revival in American scholarship."—Meyer Reinhold, The Classical Outlook

"Students of Victorian intellectual history will welcome Frank Turner's impressive study of the contributions that Greek thought and Greek institutions made to nineteenth-century Britain."—John Clubbe, Journal of English and Germanic Philology

"I am impressed by the wide and deep knowledge that Frank Turner displays, his ability to place British nineteenth-century discoveries of the Greeks in a wide and fascinating context, and to make clear how intellectual history can be a multi-colored prism of one period looking at another. Turner depicts the Victorians in all their interest and fascination. In so many ways—the discussions of Arnold, Grote, Gladstone, Pater to name just a few—he shows us how Victorian intellectuals, writers, politicians used the Greeks. This is clearly an important contribution."—Peter Stansky, Stanford University

"No simple story, this. Not only does it demand extraordinary skills of research, analysis, and penmanship; it also requires both a substantial knowledge of ancient Greece and a firm grasp on Victorian life and thought. Professor Turner admirably meets the challenge. He has produced a book that is as important as it is intellectually exciting."—William J. Baker, The Historian (Phi Alpha Theta)

"One of the finest contributions to Victorian intellectual history in recent years."—Robert Alun Jones, Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences

"This book makes a significant contribution to Victorian studies and is certainly one of the better efforts in explaining the British interest in and interpretation of the classical era during the last century . . . . Indeed, this is intellecual history at its best—a discourse on what one culture thought of another."—James T. Covert, History

"Turner examines the ways that 19th-century British critics, historians, editors, and scholars used their commentary on Greek texts to discuss contemporary political and religious topics."—Library Journal

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