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  •  Take a look at all the mid-Victorian novelists (17+ / 0-)

    There were serious writers, a lot of them women, who were writing fiction known as "Problem of England" novels. These were realistic fiction depicting the strains, pressures and miseries of the poor and working classes in the modern industrialized nation.

    England had become Top Nation due to its full-throated economic materialism. That philosophy had brought England, and some industrialists, huge profits. But it had also brought millions abject misery, and squalid and dangerous living conditions. This was the "Problem of England."

    Dickens was perhaps the preeminent voice in this movement, which was really fighting for England's soul. Dickens portrayed the virtuous working poor, those made desperate by poverty, and corrupt charlatans and whited sepulchers who possessed fortunes. Anyone who had ever read "Little Dorrit," and known the character of the swindler Mr. Merdle, would have recognized Bernie Madoff as a similar soul straightway.

    Of Dickens, you might also read "Dombey & Son," "Hard Times, "Bleak House," and "Our Mutual Friend."

    In addition to Dickens, other "Industrial Novel" authors include Charlotte Bronte, Benjamin Disraeli, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, George Moore and Charles Kingsley.

    Democracy *means* Anti-Plutocracy. Democrats, be true to your Self and win!

    by Louise on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 08:55:45 PM PST

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    •  Thank you so much. I have seen the PBS (1+ / 0-)
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      version of Little Dorrit.  If I was more well versed in Dickens (I keep thinking of Scrooge and I think it is Little Dorrit) it would make a fascinating comparison of today's disparities and hardships in the US to Mid Victorian England.

      I often have images of people being tossed into prison barges on the Thames or eventually shipped to Australia for stealing a loaf of bread.  

      Great list you have provided.

      "Never, desist till we ... extinguish this bloody traffic, of which our posterity, will scarce believe that it suffered a disgrace and dishonor to this country.

      by Regina in a Sears Kit House on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 09:55:37 AM PST

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