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Drama, Disaster and Disgrace in Late Victorian Britain

Nicholas Freeman

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Explores the lasting cultural and political impact of this remarkable year

Oscar Wilde's disastrous libel suit against the Marquess of Queensberry dominated British newspapers during the spring of 1895. Now, Nicholas Freeman shows that the Wilde scandal was just one of many events to capture the public's imagination that year.

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Series Editor's Preface
Into the Past: A Brief Foreword
Winter: 15 September 1894 - 28 February 1895
Changes in the Weather
Punching the Pimp
Artificial Flowers and Strange Perfumes
On the Prowl
Death in Kensington
Christmas Lists and Resolutions
Decorative Salaciousness
A Man's Game
First (K)nights
Changes for the Worse
Renewing Hostilities
Women Who Did
Trivial Comedy, Serious People
Spring: 1 March - 30 May 1895
Degenerate Days, Lugubrious Psychologists
The Tooting Tragedy
Freezing Footballs
Blazing Bibles
Irish Affairs
A Wretched Band of Youths
Panic in Vigo Street
Up Against It
A Grand Day Out
Wilde On Trial
Problem Pictures
Jabez and Oscar
Rosebery Returns
Summer: 1 June 1895 - 31 August 1895
Dandy in the Underworld
Elevation and Excoriation
Flaming June
Rosebery Resigns
The Noble Game
A Dreadful Business
En Vacances
Summer Gleanings
Autumn into Winter: 1 September 1895 - 31 December 1895
Revolting Ladies
Welling Up
Silver and Rubies
Ave Satani
Far From Dear Father
Exit Jabez
Jude the Obscene
An Epidemic of Indecency

About the Author

Nicholas Freeman is Senior Lecturer in English at Loughborough University.


Nicholas Freeman's entertaining and instructive book [focusses] closely on the events of 1895.  He stitches together a rich tapestry of the year's incidents, debates, scandals and diversions...It is a crowded canvas, and a thought-provoking one.
- Matthew Sturgis, The Times Literary Supplement

1895 is a highly accessible book, written with a verve and grace that belies the immense research that was no doubt required to produce it.

- Barry Faulk, Journal of British Studies, Vol. 51, No. 4

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