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June 19, 2008


Vance Maverick

Clough or Doughty?


Anything in particular?

Sherman Dorn

"steampunk" (as playful, serious, or seriously demented poaching of Victorian)

Vance Maverick

No, I don't have a well-formed question. SD's is better.

Vance Maverick

On reflection, here's an actual question. When I read your reviews of neo-Victorian fiction, I often wonder whether the writers handle the language well. And there's a broader quasi-pedagogical question beyond that: what can present-day writers learn from Victorian examples? What aspects of the writing practice of that period would be effective in a modern context? And are there modern writers who seem to have learned these lessons well? (If so, probably not the neo-Victorianists, but I'd be curious.)

Bob Lapides

Have you read *The Victorian "Lives" of Jesus* by Daniel Pals (1982)? I've just read it and thought it very good.

Ben Brumfield

I do hope I haven't set you up to answer the same sort of embarassing "Peak Oil" ravings my wife received in a similar context.

Ben Brumfield

I was wondering how (and whether) you'd locate Robert Hugh Benson's work within Victorian sectarian literature.

People are most familiar with his dystopian sci-fi novels Lord of this World and Dawn of All, but he also wrote historical fiction about the Elisabethan Settlement, which seem to be familar themes.


I'll check into R. H. Benson.

Meanwhile, it's clearly time to dust off my Difference Engine.


Anyone attempting to revive the reputation of Hesba Stretton?

I thought The Doctor's Dilemma was quite readable -- or at least the first 2/3 of it was.

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