Book Launch – ‘Revolution and Alienation in Victorian London’ with Clive Bloom

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Date(s) - 28/08/2013
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Housmans Radical Bookshop


Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Clive Bloom returns to Housmans to present his latest book which spotlights some of the neglected figures of the Victorian age – the assassins, anarchists, terrorists and revolutionaries.

Clive Bloom’s latest book ‘Victoria’s Madmen’ tells the stories of a host of figures who came to exemplify a contradictory history of the Victorian Age: not one of Dickensian London and smoking factories, but one of little known revolutionaries and radicals.

The book mixes extraordinary marginal voices with famous – and infamous – figures, from messiahs like Richard Brothers and Octavia ‘Daughter of God’; writers such as Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Edward Bulwer-Lytton; revolutionaries and radicals like Karl Marx, Beatrice Webb, George Bernard Shaw and Oswald Mosley; madmen like Richard Dadd and Jack the Ripper; orientalists and guerrilla fighters such as T. E. Lawrence; worshippers of Pan such as Arthur Machen, Kenneth Graham and J.M. Barrie, as well as the Latvian anarchists who killed three policemen in the East End of London.

This is the story of those who were outcasts by temperament and choice; the non-conformists of Victorian London.

About the author
Clive Bloom is a respected broadcaster and Emeritus Professor of English and American Studies at Middlesex University, UK. Widely published, he is the author of ‘Violent London: 2000 Years of Riots, Rebels and Revolts’, ‘Riot City: Protest and Rebellion in the Capital’, and many other titles.

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