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An American in Victorian Cambridge. Charles Astor Bristed's 'Five Years in an English University'

Bristed, Charles Astor]; Stray, Christopher [Ed]

Verlag: Exeter University Press, Exeter University Press, 2008
ISBN 10: 0859898253 / ISBN 13: 9780859898256
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Titel: An American in Victorian Cambridge. Charles ...

Verlag: Exeter University Press, Exeter University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2008

Einband: Soft cover

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Inhaltsangabe: Charles Astor Bristed (1820-1874) was the favourite grandson of John Jacob Astor (the first American multi-millionaire, and the Astor of the Waldorf-Astoria). After gaining a degree at Yale, Bristed entered Trinity College, Cambridge in 1840, graduating in 1845. 'Five Years in an English University' is a richly detailed account of student life in the Cambridge of the 1840s. The rationale for the book, which is as appealing today as it was then, is that this is pre-eminently a book about an American student at an English university. The book belongs to a fascinating C19th trans-Atlantic publishing genre: travel accounts designed to describe British culture to Americans and vice-versa.In this new edition, some substantial additions have been made: the Foreword and Introduction both help to contextualise the work, and point to its significance as an important historical source and as a fascinating memoir of life in Victorian Cambridge; annotation helps to identify the individuals who appear in Bristed's text; and an index allows full use to be made of the text for the first time.

Rezension: 'Bristed's account provides under a new title an unusual and frequently very funny snapshot of Victorian Cambridge. (...) His intelligence and wit, and the peculiar sympathy of his character, make this an invaluable reprint of a unique and accessible account.' --Times Literary Supplement

'Christopher Stray has done a brilliant job of unburdening and illuminating Bristed's text. (...) Drawing copiously on his own expert knowledge both of Classics and Cambridge, his introduction and notes give ample context from most of Bristed's introverted obsessions and turn them into useful evidence for a better understanding of elite education in Victorian Britain.' --Times Higher Education

'Bristed has much to offer not only those scholars and students working on the history of education, but equally those whose field is 'the history of the book' and, more particularly, the history of reading. Because Bristed's prose is so accessible, the book's potential classroom uses are intriguing, as well: I can easily imagine it as an assigned text in a history survey class on Victorian Britain, or, for that matter, in a graduate-level Victorian literature seminar, as background reading for the study of such fictional accounts of student life as Thomas Hughes's Tom Brown at Oxford and Cuthbert Bede's The Adventures of Mr Verdant Green.' --Dr Patrick Leary, author of the Foreword

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