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By: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Book cover Sybil, or the Two Nations
Book cover Vivian Grey
Book cover Coningsby
Book cover Tancred Or, The New Crusade
Book cover The Young Duke
Book cover Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity
Book cover Endymion
Book cover Henrietta Temple

The Armine family, in particular the young Ferdinand Armine, is in great financial difficulties. Ferdinand's grandfather has burdened the family estate with large debts, which his father did not manage to diminish. Ferdinand himself is not disposed to live with his small income alone, and during his time in Malta with his regiment, he incurs debts of his own. The only thing that can easily pay for his debts and restore the house of Armine now is for Ferdinand to marry well, and the chosen wife for him is his cousin Katherine, the heiress to their grandfather's wealth...

Book cover Sketches
Book cover Lord George Bentinck A Political Biography
Book cover The Rise of Iskander
Book cover Ixion In Heaven
Book cover (Finnish) Alroy Romani
Book cover Lothair
Book cover The Voyage of Captain Popanilla
Book cover The Infernal Marriage
Book cover Venetia
Book cover Count Alarcos; a Tragedy
Book cover Sybil, or the Two Nations

Sybil is one of the most prominent political novels of the mid-nineteenth century, taking as its subject the "condition of England" question. That phrase was first used by Thomas Carlyle in an essay of 1839 on Chartism, a working-class protest movement that plays a prominent role in this novel. The two nations are the rich and the poor, and the increasing gulf between them, and their condition also inspired such writers as Charles Dickens and Mrs. Gaskell, among others (one of whom, Friederich Engels, was the disciple of Karl Marx, and in his The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844 described the appalling effects of the industrial revolution a year before Sybil appeared)...


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