The Memoirs of Walter Bagehot

Walter Bagehot (1826–1877) was once a prominent English journalist, banker, and guy of letters. For many years he used to be editor of The Economist, and to this present day the journal encompasses a weekly “Bagehot” column. His analyses of politics, economics, and public affairs have been not anything in need of exceptional. unfortunately, he left no memoir.
How, then, does this publication endure the name, The Memoirs of Walter Bagehot? Frank Prochaska explains, “Given my longstanding curiosity in Bagehot’s lifestyles and occasions, i made a decision to compose a memoir on his behalf.” And so, during this innovative reconstruction of the memoir Bagehot may have written, Prochaska assumes his subject’s voice, attracts on his huge writings (Bagehot’s Collected Works fill 15 volumes), and scrupulously avoids what Bagehot thought of that the majority unpardonable of faults—dullness.
a pretend autobiography enables huge license, yet Prochaska continues to be real to Bagehot’s personality and is actual in his depiction of the days. The memoir immerses us within the spirit of the Victorian period and makes us desire to have identified Walter Bagehot. he's, Prochaska observes, the Victorian with whom we might so much are looking to have dinner.

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