One hot summer : Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli, and the great stink of 1858
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New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017].
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viii, 338 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations., portraits ; 24 cm
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Main Library - Adult
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New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017].
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 314-320) and index.
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London, 1858. Noteworthy for its broiling summer months and the related stench of the sewage-filled Thames River, the year is otherwise little remembered. Ashton reveals that thanks to significant, if unrecognized, turning points the months from May to August turned out to be a summer of consequence. She mines Victorian letters and gossip, diaries, court records, newspapers, and other contemporary sources to uncover historically crucial moments in the lives of three protagonists: Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Disraeli. Invisible threads of connection among Londoners at every social level in 1858 bring the celebrated city and its citizens vibrantly to life.

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