Fifty Years Ago

Walter BESANT (1836 - 1901)

Sir Walter Besant (1836-1901) was a prolific novelist and historian. He wrote Fifty Years Ago to present a picture of life, manners, and society in Great Britain as it was when Queen Victoria ascended to the throne. In 1837, the seeds of new technology and new ideas were present and monumental changes from the ways of the 1700's were about to be felt. Starting first in London and over several decades, the progress moved outwards to the country towns of the British Isles. - Summary by Gary Clayton

Genre(s): Modern (19th C)

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface garybclayton
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Play 01 Great Britain, Ireland, and the Colonies garybclayton
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Play 02 The Year 1837 garybclayton
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Play 03 London in 1837 garybclayton
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Play 04 In the Street Jim Locke
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Play 05 With the People Jim Locke
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Play 06 With the Middle-Class Jim Locke
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Play 07 In Society Jim Locke
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Play 08 At the Play and the Show Jim Locke
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Play 09 In the House Jim Locke
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Play 10 At School and University Jim Locke
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Play 11 The Tavern Jim Locke
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Play 12 In Club- and Card-Land Jim Locke
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Play 13 With the Wits Jim Locke
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Play 14 Journals and Journalists Jim Locke
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Play 15 The Sportsman Jim Locke
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Play 16 In Factory and Mine Jim Locke
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Play 17 With the Men of Science Jim Locke
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Play 18 Law and Justice Jim Locke
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Play 19 Conclusion Jim Locke
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