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Vivian Grey

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Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (1804-1881), was a British Conservative statesman and literary figure. He served in government for three decades, twice as Prime Minister. Before and during his political career, Disraeli was a well-known literary figure, writing such romances as "Sybil" and "Vivian Grey."
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Published (first published April 22nd 1826)
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Sep 18, 2008 Cera rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disraeli's first novel, which is perhaps why the book is structured so very strangely; he seems to have thrown in every plot token he can think of: sudden death, political misfortune, making fun of the Germans (hey, it was 1830!), scenes of insane society women throwing themselves at the bishounen hero, and a great snide portrait of Caroline Lamb. Do not read this looking for a coherent story with great meaning to it, but it's a fine melodramatic romp.
Jun 15, 2011 Steve rated it liked it
Began reading Tuesday, 9 Nov 2010. Came upon a reference to the book in Keynes's "Darwin, His Daughter and Human Evolution," pages 22-23. A quote for geologist friends that I posted to Facebook: "What is the boasted communion which the vain poet holds with nature compared with the conversation which the geologist perpetually carries on with the elemental world?"
Jul 05, 2014 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too hard to get through, though it was interesting to sample Disraeli's fiction.
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Sep 26, 2014 Charlie George marked it as to-read-library  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fantasy
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One of the great British politicians of the nineteenth century, Disraeli served twice as Tory Prime Minister (1868 and 1874 - 1880) and was also a prominent figure in opposition. He is most famous today for the bitter hatred between himself and his political rival William Gladstone. He enjoyed the favour of Queen Victoria, who shared his dislike of Gladstone. His most significant political achieve ...more
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