To Wordsworth, the emotion recollected in tranquility is at the origin of genuine poetry as it is the result of a connection between past experience and the present of memory.
Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866) is not as famous as other nineteenth-century British writers, but his fame rests on his conversational novels: the central part of the action is taken up by conversations around a table, where characters discuss (and satirise) fashionable opinions of the day.
From an epistemological point of view, the nineteenth century bade defiance to long-established knowledge. Lyell and Darwin, through their geological and biological studies, questioned the Church and biblical authority and, furthermore, the philosophers of suspicion (Marx, Nietzsche and Freud) ultimately challenged human life itself by
Hilary Mantel manages to revive an epoch when plotting and scheming were essential components of everyday life. This holds especially true at Hampton Court, Henry VIII’s palace, where power has got to be seized and maintained, by fair means or foul.
Before she met me by Julian Barnes is the perfect example of a book you should never give to your partner as a Valentine gift. Nevertheless, the story is quite engaging, and it explores the dark side of love: jealousy.