Providence and Love: Studies in Wordsworth, Channing, Myers, George Eliot, and Ruskin

Hardcover | February 1, 1999

byJohn Beer

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These studies are connected by common underlying themes: the sense of Providence, the growing awareness of its loss in the nineteenth century and the pressure on the ideal of Romantic love as that came increasingly to be treated as a substitute. Other questions are raised. Were Wordsworth's`Lucy' poems simply Romantic fictions, or did they mask the memory of an actual youthful attachment? What was the story behind the secret message which F. W. H. Myers left with the Society for Psychical Research, hoping to transmit it after his death? And what was it about the young Cambridge menGeorge Eliot met in 1872 that made them particularly attractive to her? Investigation of these and other matters has led to close scrutiny of various manuscripts in British and American libraries, certain of which, including some letters of George Eliot recently discovered in Cambridge, are reproduced here for the first time.

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These studies are connected by common underlying themes: the sense of Providence, the growing awareness of its loss in the nineteenth century and the pressure on the ideal of Romantic love as that came increasingly to be treated as a substitute. Other questions are raised. Were Wordsworth's`Lucy' poems simply Romantic fictions, or did ...

John Beer is a Professor Emeritus of English Literature at Peterhouse, Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:February 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198184360

ISBN - 13:9780198184362

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PrefaceAbbreviations1. Providence displaced2. Wordsworth's Lucy: fiction or fact?3. William Ellery Channing visits the Lake Poets4. Myers's secret message5. George Eliot and the Cambridge ethos6. Ruskin's differencesIndex

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`The blend of literary criticism with historical and biographical detail is effective and engaging ... Beer's conclusions are founded on an impressive body of research, and he draws on many intriguing personal documents ... Beer frequently reproduces the whole text of letters and otherarchival material, thus providing a valuable resource for other readers ... of interest to all specialists in the literature and intellectual history of the 19th century.'Faye Hammill, Times Higher Education Supplement