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Gambling in the Nineteenth-Century English Novel

‘A Leprosy is o’er the Land’

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This book explores the theme of gambling in a wide range of nineteenth-century English novels. It examines the representation of gambling in the novels themselves and the role that gambling played in the lives of the individual novelists. It also considers the significance of gambling in the novels within the wider context of the development of Victorian society.

Gambling in the Nineteenth-Century English Novel not only provides fresh readings of established texts within a distinctive social and cultural context, but is also a comprehensive barometer of the social history of the time as attitudes towards leisure changed.


Hardback ISBN: 978-1-903900-18-5
Hardback Price: £55.00 / $69.50
Release Date: February 2003
   
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-84519-211-2
Paperback Price: £25.00 / $34.95
Release Date: December 2014
   
Page Extent / Format: 272 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: No
   

 



List of Plates
Acknowledgements

Introduction
‘The Most Prevalent Vice of the Age’

Chapter One
Gambling in Nineteenth-Century England
Gambling, Leisure and Crockford’s Club, 1828–1844

Chapter Two
‘A Dissipated Career’
Benjamin Disraeli and a Failing Aristocracy

Chapter Three
‘Tumult and Frenzy Reigned Supreme’
Charles Dickens’s Gambling Characters

Chapter Four
‘Gambler, Swindler, Murderer’
William Makepeace Thackeray’s Losses and Gains

Chapter Five
‘Lose Strikingly’
Gambling with Life in George Eliot

Chapter Six
‘Doctrines of Chance’
Gambling as the Universal Trope in Thomas Hardy

Chapter Seven
‘A Real Gentleman should never want the Money out of another Man’s Pocket’
Anthony Trollope, Gambling and Class Contamination

Chapter Eight
‘One Law for the Rich and another for the Poor’
George Moore’s Working Gamblers

Conclusion

Appendix I, Glossary of Gambling Terms
Appendix II, ‘A Leprosy is o’er the Land’

Notes
Bibliography
Index


In this clear and informative study, social history meets Literary Criticism & Linguistics in a concise and useful form. Recommended.
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Dr Flavin’s meticulous study of gambling in its various forms in Victorian fiction ranges from the novel to literary biography, social history, politics and popular science. Opening new and intriguing perspectives on the subject, Flavin reveals gambling and chance as the dark alternatives to progressive evolution in the consciousness of the age.
Louis James, Emeritus Professor, University of Kent at Canterbury

This study analyzes depictions of gambling and gamblers in English novels of the Victorian era and shows how these depictions reflect social contexts of Victorian society and the novelists’ own lives. The author argues that depictions of gambling were influenced by evolutionism and Darwin’s ideas about the deterministic effect of chance. The book offers chapter-length studies of each writer: Benjamin Disraeli, Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Anthony Trollope, and George Moore. The book includes a glossary of gambling terms and the lyrics of a prize-winning entry in the National Anti-Gambling League’s 1905 hymn-writing competition, entitled “A Leprosy is o’er the Land.” This reprint of a book first published in 2003 is distributed in the US by IPG.,This study analyzes depictions of gambling and gamblers in English novels of the Victorian era and shows how these depictions reflect social contexts of Victorian society and the novelists’ own lives. The author argues that depictions of gambling were influenced by evolutionism and Darwin’s ideas about the deterministic effect of chance. The book offers chapter-length studies of each writer: Benjamin Disraeli, Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Anthony Trollope, and George Moore. The book includes a glossary of gambling terms and the lyrics of a prize-winning entry in the National Anti-Gambling League’s 1905 hymn-writing competition, entitled “A Leprosy is o’er the Land.”
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