Victorian Jesus J.R. Seeley, Religion, and the Cultural Significance of Anonymity

by Ian Hesketh

Part of the Studies in Book & Print Culture Series

Victorian Jesus J.R. Seeley, Religion, and the Cultural Significance of Anonymity Synopsis

Ecce Homo: A Survey in the Life and Work of Jesus Christ, published anonymously in 1865, alarmed some readers and delighted others by its presentation of a humanitarian view of Christ and early Christian history. Victorian Jesus explores the relationship between historian J. R. Seeley and his publisher Alexander Macmillan as they sought to keep Seeley's authorship a secret while also trying to exploit the public interest. Ian Hesketh highlights how Ecce Homo's reception encapsulates how Victorians came to terms with rapidly changing religious views in the second half of the nineteenth century. Hesketh critically examines Seeley's career and public image, and the publication and reception of his controversial work. Readers and commentators sought to discover the author's identity in order to uncover the hidden meaning of the book, and this engendered a lively debate about the ethics of anonymous publishing. In Victorian Jesus, Ian Hesketh argues for the centrality of this moment in the history of anonymity in book and periodical publishing throughout the century.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781442645776
Publication date: 6th October 2017
Author: Ian Hesketh
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 , History of science,

About Ian Hesketh

Ian Hesketh is a senior research fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Queensland.

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