All Sorts and Conditions of Men

All Sorts and Conditions of Men

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In All Sorts and Conditions of Men (1882) Besant vividly portrays the poverty and deprivation of London's East End in a story about transformations and crossings of class-boundaries. `I want to feel myself a part of this striving, eager, anxious humanity, on whose labours I live in comfort, by whom I have been educated, to whom I owe all, and for whom I have done nothing...' Simultaneously a `condition of England' novel, New Woman fiction, romance, comedy, satire and crime story, All Sorts and Conditions of Men has strong roots in the politics of nineteenth-century reform. Determined to use her inherited wealth benevolently, Angela Messenger, a young idealistic Cambridge graduate, changes her name and takes lodgings in a Stepney boarding-house to observe and gain understanding of the East End. Young aristocrat Harry Le Breton also haunts the area, discovering his origins, and a new sense of kinship. Consistently setting itself against the cheerless evangelical strain in Victorian philanthropy, All Sorts and Conditions of Men offers a blueprint for the cultural regeneration of Britain's proletariat as Angela and Harry plan a `Palace of Delight' to provide `a little more of the pleasures and graces of life' for the East Enders they have come to know. Indeed, five years after the book's publication, Besant's `generous and glowing imagination' was praised as the inspiration for the real-life `The People's Palace' on the Mile End Road, and All Sorts and Conditions of Men became that rare thing, a work of fiction which made something happen. This book is intended for students of nineteenth-century English literature, history, and the reform movement; the general reader.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192832581
  • 9780192832580

About Sir Walter Besant

Helen Small is Tutorial Fellow in English and CUF Lecturer at Pembroke College, Oxford.show more

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"More than a good, rollicking read, the book had important consequences, inspiring the foundation of the Mile End People's Palace in 1887 for the 'intellectual improvement and rational amusement' of the lower classes. Worth reading, either as history or entertainment."--he Observershow more

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