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Sybil, or the Two Nations

Benjamin Disraeli

Sybil is one of the most prominent political novels of the mid-nineteenth century, taking as its subject the "condition of England" question. That phrase was first used by Thomas Carlyle in an essay of 1839 on Chartism, a working-class protest movement that plays a prominent role in this novel. The two nations are the rich and the poor, and the increasing gulf between them, and their condition also inspired such writers as Charles Dickens and Mrs. Gaskell, among others (one of whom, Friederich Engels, was the disciple of Karl Marx, and in his The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844 described the appalling effects of the industrial revolution a year before Sybil appeared).Disraeli, of course, was far from being a Marxist though, like Engels, his sympathies are with the poor, exemplified in this book particularly by the Chartists, who were active between roughly 1839 and 1848. In his view, the villains are the aristocratic Whigs and Whig-Liberals, who, ever since the despoliation of the monasteries by Henry VIII in the sixteenth century, had made sure that the moneys which had been used for the alleviation of social distress and poverty, now flowed into their own pockets, leaving the poor with little recourse to help. His solution, which he sought to put into effect when he later became Prime Minister, was to push for measures of what he called "Tory democracy," or a kind of "compassionate conservatism," though quite different from the sort recently seen in the United States.Whatever one thinks of his politics, Disraeli tells a good story, in this case about the love of the aristocratic Charles Egremont for the lovely Chartist Sybil Gerard. In 2003, the Guardian ranked Sybil as No. 15 on its list of Hundred Greatest novels, and some consider it the best political novel of the nineteenth century. There is also general agreement that Disraeli (Lord Beaconsfield, as he became) and Winston Churchill are probably the only two prime ministers who can be seen as successes in the world of literature as well a

Sybil is one of the most prominent political novels of the mid-nineteenth century, taking as its subject the "condition of England" question. That phrase was first used by Thomas Carlyle in an essay of 1839 on Chartism, a working-class protest movement that plays a prominent role in this novel. The two nations are the rich and the poor, and the increasing gulf between them, and their condition also inspired such writers as Charles Dickens and Mrs. Gaskell, among others (one of whom, Friederich Engels, was the disciple of Karl Marx, and in his The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844 described the appalling effects of the industrial revolution a year before Sybil appeared).Disraeli, of course, was far from being a Marxist though, like Engels, his sympathies are with the poor, exemplified in this book particularly by the Chartists, who were active between roughly 1839 and 1848. In his view, the villains are the aristocratic Whigs and Whig-Liberals, who, ever since the despoliation of the monasteries by Henry VIII in the sixteenth century, had made sure that the moneys which had been used for the alleviation of social distress and poverty, now flowed into their own pockets, leaving the poor with little recourse to help. His solution, which he sought to put into effect when he later became Prime Minister, was to push for measures of what he called "Tory democracy," or a kind of "compassionate conservatism," though quite different from the sort recently seen in the United States.Whatever one thinks of his politics, Disraeli tells a good story, in this case about the love of the aristocratic Charles Egremont for the lovely Chartist Sybil Gerard. In 2003, the Guardian ranked Sybil as No. 15 on its list of Hundred Greatest novels, and some consider it the best political novel of the nineteenth century. There is also general agreement that Disraeli (Lord Beaconsfield, as he became) and Winston Churchill are probably the only two prime ministers who can be seen as successes in the world of literature as well a
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Sybil is one of the most prominent political novels of the mid-nineteenth century, taking as its subject the "condition of England" question. That phrase was first used by Thomas Carlyle in an essay of 1839 on Chartism, a working-class protest movement that plays a prominent role in this novel. The two nations are the rich and the poor, and the increasing gulf between them, and their condition also inspired such writers as Charles Dickens and Mrs. Gaskell, among others (one of whom, Friederich Engels, was the disciple of Karl Marx, and in his The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844 described the appalling effects of the industrial revolution a year before Sybil appeared).Disraeli, of course, was far from being a Marxist though, like Engels, his sympathies are with the poor, exemplified in this book particularly by the Chartists, who were active between roughly 1839 and 1848. In his view, the villains are the aristocratic Whigs and Whig-Liberals, who, ever since the despoliation of the monasteries by Henry VIII in the sixteenth century, had made sure that the moneys which had been used for the alleviation of social distress and poverty, now flowed into their own pockets, leaving the poor with little recourse to help. His solution, which he sought to put into effect when he later became Prime Minister, was to push for measures of what he called "Tory democracy," or a kind of "compassionate conservatism," though quite different from the sort recently seen in the United States.Whatever one thinks of his politics, Disraeli tells a good story, in this case about the love of the aristocratic Charles Egremont for the lovely Chartist Sybil Gerard. In 2003, the Guardian ranked Sybil as No. 15 on its list of Hundred Greatest novels, and some consider it the best political novel of the nineteenth century. There is also general agreement that Disraeli (Lord Beaconsfield, as he became) and Winston Churchill are probably the only two prime ministers who can be seen as successes in the world of literature as well a

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

16h 52m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:56


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:28


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

43:37


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:30


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

19:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

15:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:46


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

11:04


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

20:04


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

24:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

18:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

13:54


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

12:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

15:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

17:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

16:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

21:05


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

15:01


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

15:33


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

16:20


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:48


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

26:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:12


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

20:08


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

12:26


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:00


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

11:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

15:07


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

18:53


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

15:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

19:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:05


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

12:01


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

12:49


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

10:59


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:58


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

11:58


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

15:59


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

28:54


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:21


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

10:43


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

19:25


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

12:29


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:52


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

12:56


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

17:41


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

13:03


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

10:42


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

10:33


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:20


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:17


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

11:57


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

11:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

18:06


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

12:10


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

12:12


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

10:25


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

15:51


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

16:22


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

10:42


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

32:59


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

11:58