Spirit of the Age
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Gertrude Himmelfarb’s selection of 17 essays by eminent Victorians illustrates the vitality and variety of intellectual life in an age of earnest convictions and deep anxieties. From Carlyle to TH Huxley, the essays span the era and cover topics in religion, politics, science, art and feminism. Himmelfarb's introductory chapters set them in cultural context and examine the essay as an especially Victorian literary genre.