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Published: 09 February 2017

464 Pages

7.7 x 5.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198759898

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or The Two Nations

Second Edition

Benjamin Disraeli
Edited by Nicholas Shrimpton

Oxford World's Classics

  • A new edition of one of the first modern political novels
  • No previous edition of Sybil has been so fully annotated with the notes providing a thorough explanation of the distinctively Tory view of English history which Disraeli opposed to the increasingly dominant 'Whig History' of the period
  • The Chronology which offers an unprecedentedly full summary of Disraeli's twin careers as author and politician
  • The Note on the Text which gives a complete account of the process of composition and publication
  • The Text, is that of the first edition of 1845, not the revised version which later became customary
  • The Introduction gives a new and distinctive reading of the political symbolism of the novel. This stresses its roots in the polemical medievalism of the 1840s, while suggesting that the radical Northern Tories of the 'Ten Hours' movement (such as W. B. Ferrand) were more important to Disraeli by 1845 than the 'Young England' group with which Sybil is usually associated
  • The Introduction also makes the case for the interest of Sybil as a work of art, as well as an historical and political document

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