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One Hot Summer: Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli, and the Great Stink of 1858

Rosemary Ashton


While 1858 in London may have been noteworthy for its broiling summer months and the related stench of the sewage-filled Thames River, the year is otherwise little remembered. And yet, this book reveals in this microhistory, 1858 was marked by significant, if unrecognized, turning points. For ordinary people, and also for the rich, famous, and powerful, the months from May to August turned out to be a summer of consequence. The book uncovers historically crucial moments in the lives of three protagonists — Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Disraeli. It also introduces others who ga ... More

Keywords: 1858, London, Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Disraeli, George Eliot, Karl Marx, William Thackeray, Edward Bulwer Lytton

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300227260
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300227260.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosemary Ashton, author
University College London