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New Republic; or Culture, Faith and Philosophy in an English Country House

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"New Republic; or Culture, Faith and Philosophy in an English Country House" by William Hurrell Mallock is a thought-provoking and engaging exploration of the clash between traditional values and modern ideas. Set in an English country house, the novel follows the inhabitants as they navigate the changing social landscape and grapple with questions of faith, philosophy, and culture.

Mallock's writing is sharp and insightful, delving deep into the complexities of human nature and the tensions that arise when different belief systems collide. The characters are well-developed and compelling, each representing a different perspective on the issues at hand.

Overall, "New Republic" is a riveting read that offers a unique window into the intellectual debates of the late 19th century. Mallock's wit and intelligence shine through, making this a timeless and relevant work that will resonate with readers today.

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A group of upper class men and women gather together in an English country house to discuss their ideas for a utopia . The novel is a satire mocking most of the important figures at Oxford University at the time of publication, with regards to aestheticism and Hellenism. Some of the famous characters that are depicted are Violet Fane/Lady Mary Montgomery Currie , Thomas Huxley , William Money Hardinge , Thomas Carlyle , and Walter Pater . The latter is of particular interest, as his characterisation in this novel helped ruin his reputation as well as his career at Oxford University. The book became a best seller in its time and retains much of its humour and satirical bite today. As author David Daiches wrote in 1951, "If we can read through The New Republic without at one point or another being made to feel a little foolish, we are wise indeed.


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