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A defence of one's life presents an autobiographical account of his religious development as a defence against an attack by novelist Charles Kingsley. Newman had begun as an Anglican theologian and later converted to Catholicism, this conversion was very disturbing for many people and marked a turning point in the history of the Church of England and the Catholic Church in England.
Satirical newspaper, Punch, mocked the work referring to it as "Can you stand her?" due to the protagonist's inability to decide between her two suitors. Alice Vavasor is currently engaged to the respectable John Grey. She had previously broken off an engagement to her wild cousin George. John does not object when Alice plans a tour Switzerland with ex-fiance George and his sister Kate...
First published in 1878 and still widely read The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy was the most influential interpretation of the Italian Renaissance in the 19th century. Burkhardt considered the study of ancient history an intellectual necessity and deals with all aspects of Renaissance society; its painting, sculpture and architecture, and the social institutions of its daily life.
The best known of Elizabeth Gaskell's novels. Cranford is the small rural town which serves as the backdrop for a series of episodes in the lives of Mary Smith and her friends, Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two spinster sisters.
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