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HEALTHY BODY AND VICTORIAN CULTURE

Haley, Bruce

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ISBN 10: 0674386108 / ISBN 13: 9780674386105
Published by Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA/London, England, 1978
Used Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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296 pp. Original brown cloth covers w/ gilt title on spine. Binding very bright and clean. Top of spine a bit bumped. DJ lightly soiled w/ modest edge wear. Approx. 1" closed tear from bottom edge of front panel near spine. Contents very nice. Bookseller Inventory # 22080LIT

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Title: HEALTHY BODY AND VICTORIAN CULTURE

Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA/London, England

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Poor to Fair

Edition: First Edition

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Health obsessed the Victorians. The quest for health guided Victorian living habits, shaped educational goals, and sanctioned a mania for athletic sports. As both metaphor and ideal, it influenced psychology, religion, moral philosophy; it affected the writing of history as well as the criticism of literature. Here is a wide-ranging and ably written exploration of this fascinating aspect of Victorian ideas.

Bruce Haley looks at developments in personal and public health, and at theories about the relation between medical and psychological disorders. He examines influential conceptions of the healthy man: Carlyle's healthy hero, Spencer's biologically perfect man, Newman's gentleman-Christian, Kingsley's muscular Christian. He describes the development of sports and physical training in nineteenth-century England and their importance in schools and universities. He traces the concept of healthy body and healthy mind in boy's fiction (such as Torn Brown's School Days), self-help literature, and the widely read novels of George Eliot, Wilkie Collins, George Meredith, and Charles Kingsley. All these strands of social history, literature, and philosophy are woven together into a seamless whole.

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