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The Victorian visitors : culture shock in nineteenth-century Britain

Author: Rupert Christiansen
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"London in 1820 was a city of extraordinary creative dynamism and big money. Rupert Christiansen has marshaled the experiences of a set of remarkable foreign visitors to England, chronicling their impact on British culture and its impact upon them. These stories reveal the great French painter Gericault, who had come to London to show his Raft of the "Medusa," recording the climax of a public execution and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Théodore Géricault; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Richard Wagner; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Théodore Géricault; Richard Wagner
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rupert Christiansen
ISBN: 0871137909 9780871137906
OCLC Number: 45463640
Notes: Originally published: The visitors. London : Chatto & Windus, 2000.
Description: 271 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Théodore Géricault, painter --
Richard Wagner, composer --
Ralph Waldo Emerson, philosopher --
The psychic cloud : Yankee spirit-rappers --
Sporting chances : Australian cricketers --
The teetotum spin : exotic dancers.
Other Titles: Visitors
Responsibility: Rupert Christiansen.

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"London in 1820 was a city of extraordinary creative dynamism and big money. Rupert Christiansen has marshaled the experiences of a set of remarkable foreign visitors to England, chronicling their impact on British culture and its impact upon them. These stories reveal the great French painter Gericault, who had come to London to show his Raft of the "Medusa," recording the climax of a public execution and the finish of the Derby; Richard Wagner guffawing at anti-Semitic jokes in the restaurant of the Victoria & Albert Museum; Ralph Waldo Emerson driving Thomas Carlyle to distraction with his 'moonshine' philosophy. Also included are the stories of the inexplicable powers of the American medium Daniel Home and his disastrous involvement with an elderly Cockney widow; the demon Australian bowler Frederick Spofforth who changed the course of English cricket; and the pirouetting Italian ballerinas who captivated the young Bernard Shaw and roused music-hall audiences to a collective erotic frenzy. In vividly readable and often hilarious detail, The Victorian Visitors tells of the remarkable foreigners who traveled to Britain in the nineteenth century and left influential marks on all aspects of its culture."--BOOK JACKET.

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