One Hot Summer

One Hot Summer

Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli, and the Great Stink of 1858

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London, 1858. Noteworthy for its broiling summer months and the related stench of the sewage-filled Thames River, the year is otherwise little remembered. Ashton reveals that thanks to significant, if unrecognized, turning points the months from May to August turned out to be a summer of consequence. She mines Victorian letters and gossip, diaries, court records, newspapers, and other contemporary sources to uncover historically crucial moments in the lives of three protagonists: Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Disraeli. Invisible threads of connection among Londoners at every social level in 1858 bring the celebrated city and its citizens vibrantly to life.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9780300227260
0300227264
Characteristics: viii, 338 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations., portraits ; 24 cm

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