Monday, December 7, 2009

 

Robert E. Sullivan's Macaulay: The Tragedy of Power

It sounds as if Harvard University Press has severely embarassed itself by publishing Robert E. Sullivan's Macaulay: The Tragedy of Power. See the WSJ review. It argues, quite convincingly that Prof. Sullivan of Notre Dame has no understanding whatsoever of Victorian times, seeing, for example, gushy language in letters to Macaulay's sisters as evidence of incestuous desire rather than commonplace Victorian sentimentality. It sounds as if there must be a good story in how Harvard came to publish it.

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