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One Hot Summer

Paperback edition released 03/07/2018

by Rosemary Ashton

One Hot Summer Synopsis

A unique, colorful view of Victorian London when residents both famous and now-forgotten endured the Great Stink across one hot summer While 1858 in London may have been noteworthy for its broiling summer months and the related stench of the sewage-filled Thames River, the year is otherwise little remembered. And yet, historian Rosemary Ashton reveals in this compelling microhistory, 1858 was marked by significant, if unrecognized, turning points. For ordinary people, and also for the rich, famous, and powerful, the months from May to August turned out to be a summer of consequence. Ashton mines Victorian letters and gossip, diaries, court records, newspapers, and other contemporary sources to uncover historically crucial moments in the lives of three protagonists-Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Disraeli. She also introduces others who gained renown in the headlines of the day, among them George Eliot, Karl Marx, William Thackeray, and Edward Bulwer Lytton. Ashton reveals invisible threads of connection among Londoners at every social level in 1858, bringing the celebrated city and its citizens vibrantly to life.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780300238662
Publication date: 3rd July 2018
Author: Rosemary Ashton
Publisher: Yale University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Primary Genre History: specific events and topics

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ISBN: 9780300238662
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About Rosemary Ashton

Rosemary Ashton is Emeritus Quain Professor of English Language and Literature, University College London. She is the author of ten previous books and a fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature. She lives in London.

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