Nineteenth-Century Prose

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 1, Spring

Delineating Decadence: The Influence of J.-K. Huysmans on Arthur Symons
Arthur Symons, an early devotee of the works of J.-K. Huysmans, was especially drawn to A Rebours. Initially, Huysmans' novel turned Symons into a Francophile and student of Continental literature; later, it significantly entered into his delineation...
New Manuscript Evidence about the Origin of "Past and Present"
A fragment of Carlyle's manuscript in the National Library of Scotland contains an interesting preliminary version of a passage in Book Four, chapter three of Past and Present on the "mournful[ly]" destructive power of the military. Analysis of Carlyle's...
Nonviolence and Nationalism in Leigh Hunt's Early Liberal Rhetoric
A survey of Leigh Hunt's prose dating from his Examiner period through his later career reveals the liberal inclination to denounce harmful and violent practices of almost every kind. In this context, his advocacy for the Greek revolution belies the...
"Orientalizing" the American West: Sir Richard Burton's "City of the Saints"
Sir Richard Button's City of the Saints, a travel narrative chronicling the famed explorer's trip across North America and three-week residence among the Mormons in Salt Lake City, views the nineteenth-century Mormon settlement through the "oriental"...
"Out of My Country and Myself I Go": Identity and Writing in Stevenson's Early Travel Books
Although Stevenson criticism has almost ignored his early travel works, these books offer valuable insights into his identity as a writer. His journeys in France and Belgium allowed him temporarily to escape the cultural constraints of home and to...
Robert Horn and the Herdman Portrait of Carlyle: An Unpublished Correspondence
Of the four great portraits of Thomas Carlyle, Robert Herdman's, which Carlyle was arguably most satisfied with, has been most often slighted in Carlyle scholarship. This article presents the history of the Herdman portrait and also illuminates an...

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