Caricature of James Anthony Froude from
Punch, December 30 1882  

The 1840s were marked by as distinguished an array of publications as any period of English literature can boast. In that decade alone, Dickens published Martin Chuzzlewit (1844) and Dombey and Son (1848); Thackeray, Vanity Fair (1848) and Pendennis (1849); Carlyle, Heroes and Hero-Worship (1841) and Past and Present (1843). These years also saw the appearance of Tennyson’s Poems (1842), Disraeli’s Sybil (1845), George Eliot’s translation of Strauss’s Life of Jesus (1846), the...


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