A Half-Century of Greatness: The Creative Imagination of by Frederic Ewen

By Frederic Ewen

Selection notable educational identify for 2008A Half-Century of Greatness paints a vibrant and dramatic photo of the inventive considered mid- to overdue 19th century Europe and the effect of the unsuccessful revolutions of 1848. It finds usually unforeseen hyperlinks among novelists, poets, and philosophers from England, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Russia, and Ukraine—especially Dickens, Carlyle, Mill, the Brontës, and George Eliot; Hegel, Strauss, Feuerbach, Marx, Engels, Wagner, and a number of other German poets; the Hungarian poet Sándor Petöfi; Gogol, Dostoevsky, Bakunin, and Herzen in Russia, and the good Ukrainian poet Shevchenko. Ewen is going directly to hint the transition from Romanticism to Victorianism, or what he calls “the Victorian compromise”—the ascendancy of the center class.The booklet used to be reconstructed and edited via Dr. Jeffrey Wollock from Ewen’s ultimate manuscript. It contains the author's personal reference citations all through, a reconstructed bibliography, and an up-to-date “further interpreting” list.This is Ewen’s final paintings, the long-lost spouse to his Heroic mind's eye. jointly, those books current a landscape of the social, political, and creative elements of eu Romanticism, specifically foreshadowing and complementing fresh paintings at the relation of Marxism to romanticism. somebody attracted to what Lukacs known as “Romantic anticapitalism,”; who appreciates such books as Marshall Berman's Adventures in Marxism or E.P. Thompson's The Romantics (1997), will locate Ewen’s paintings a great addition.

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It may be enough to recall that the epithet of the “Hungry Forties” was attached to that decade. In the 1830s it is recorded that weavers’ families in Manchester were forced to subsist on one and a half pence a day, and that 50,000 were unemployed. ” It was a movement born of the later 1830s that produced fresh and vigorous leadership, such as that of the Irishman Feargus O’Connor, whose publication The Northern Star could in April 1839 boast the astonishing readership of 60,000; James Bronterre O’Brien of The Poor Man’s Guardian; the remarkable Julian Harney, whose future career was to epitomize the more radical developments within British labor.

But Bentham was not unaware that there were “particular interests,” “sinister interests”—class interests—that were totally opposed to the “happiness” principle, so long as it subserved the interests of the majority. 9 In Bentham’s mind industry and industrialism represented the irresistible liberating forces of mankind, and he foresaw an almost idyllic Utopia in their continued advancement, marked by an ever-advancing benevolence. ” The middle classes, then, in the eyes of the Utilitarians, were to be the props, mainstays, and propelling motive elements in advancing civilization.

Through some good fortune the book had fallen into the hands of the “Editor,” who, with the generous assistance of Hofrath Heuschrecke (Court Councillor Grasshopper), a source of some additional biographical material, is enabled to round out the volume. From his perch in that attic apartment in Vanity Street, Teufelsdröck looks down on the world of Weissnichtwo—his microcosm. Apparently something of a political radical, he is also unconventional so far as philosophical and moral ideas are concerned.

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