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When we think of Benjamin Disraeli (1804a€“81), one of two images inevitably first springs to mind: either Disraeli the two-time prime minister of Britain, or Disraeli the author of major novels such as Coningsby, Sybil, and Endymion. But were these two sides of his persona entirely separate? After all, the recurring fantasy structures in Disraelia€™s fictions bear a striking similarity to the imaginative ways in which he shaped his political career. Disraeli: The Romance of Politics provides a remarkable biographical portrait of Disraeli as both a statesman and a storyteller. Drawing extensively on Disraelia€™s published letters and speeches, as well as on archival sources in the United Kingdom, Robert Oa€™Kell illuminates the intimate, symbiotic relationship between his fiction and his politics. His investigation shines new light on all of Disraelia€™s novels, his two governments, his imperialism, and his handling of the Irish Church Disestablishment Crisis of 1868 and the Eastern Question in the 1870s.By mid summer they were deeply involved in an illicit love affair. His love letters to her have not ... It was also closely tied tohissense ofhis innate, but otherwise unrecognized purity of heart andintellectual superiority. Theaffairwith Henriettaanbsp;...

Author: Robert P. O'Kell
Publisher:University of Toronto Press - 2014-01-23

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