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Mary Gladstone and the Victorian Salon

Mary Gladstone and the Victorian Salon
Music, Literature, Liberalism


Part of New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism

  • Date Published: September 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107184800

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  • The daughter of one of Britain's longest-serving Prime Ministers, Mary Gladstone was a notable musician, hostess of one of the most influential political salons in late-Victorian London, and probably the first female prime ministerial private secretary in Britain. Pivoting around Mary's initiatives, this intellectual history draws on a trove of unpublished archival material that reveals for the first time the role of music in Victorian liberalism, explores its intersections with literature, recovers what the high Victorian salon was within a wider cultural history, and shows Mary's influence on her father's work. Paying close attention to literary and biographical details, the book also sheds new light on Tennyson's poetry, George Eliot's fiction, the founding of the Royal College of Music, the Gladstone family, and a broad plane of wider British culture, including political liberalism and women, sociability, social theology, and aesthetic democracy.

    • Explores the role of music in liberalism and brings a social perspective to the study of music and literature, enabling new understandings of elite political Victorian culture
    • Focuses on the intellectual and cultural world of Mary Gladstone, daughter of the Liberal British prime minister, his political hostess, and probably the first female prime ministerial private secretary
    • Sheds new light on Tennyson's poetic recitations and on George Eliot's fiction as part of the social world
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107184800
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Intellectual History:
    1. Idealist philosophy, culture and the Gladstones
    2. The passion of liberalism
    3. The Victorian salon
    4. Music and the Gladstone salon
    Part II. Musical and Literary Case Studies:
    5. Mary Gladstone's diary and the Royal College of Music
    6. '… there ought to be some melody in poetry': Tennyson's salon readings
    7. '… musical, I see!': triangulated criticism and Daniel Deronda
    8. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Phyllis Weliver, Saint Louis University, Missouri
    Phyllis Weliver is Professor in the Department of English at Saint Louis University, Missouri. Her previous publications include Women Musicians in Victorian Fiction, 1860–1900 (2000) and The Musical Crowd in English Fiction, 1840–1910 (2006).

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