John Sutherland, 10 November 1988
Show More The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals. Vol. IV: 1824-1900 edited by Walter Houghton, Esther Rhoads Houghton and Jean HarrisSlingerland.
Toronto/Routledge, 826 pp., £95, January 1988, 0 7102 1442 1Show More
Circulation: Defoe, Dickens and the Economies of the Novel by David Trotter.
Macmillan, 148 pp., £27.50, October 1988, 0 333 40542 0Show More
From Copyright to Copperfield by Alexander Welsh.
Harvard, 200 pp., £19.95, December 1987, 0 674 32342 4Show More
“... The Wellesley Index originated in its founding editor Walter Houghton’s The Victorian Frame of Mind, 1830-1870 (1957), a manual which was influential among students of the Sixties. Houghton’s book took as its starting-point the fact of a collective Victorian mentality – a kind of public overmind. Although this Victorian mind might contain oppositions within itself (the so-called ‘Victorian debate’), it was nevertheless governed by structures of thought which, if not consensual, were in the largest sense rational and intellectual – a set of ideas articulated by a clerisy ...”