Michael Burleigh

Intellectual Lives

The Moral Imagination: From Edmund Burke to Lionel Trilling


Ivan R Dee 259pp £16.99 order from our bookshop

The American historian and public intellectual Gertrude Himmelfarb is almost as well known for her trenchant criticisms of the modern Western academy as for her major writings on morality in Victorian Britain. These writings were almost guaranteed to outrage the easily provoked academic Left, since they coincided with Margaret Thatcher’s all-too tentative efforts to re-moralise what, in the interim, has degenerated into a uniquely unappetising British underclass, whose equivalent the Victorians controlled with deportation, the lash and the noose, rather than ‘Asbos’ and electronic tagging. Some regard this as progress. 

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • Here is @MannJessica's June crime fiction round-up, discussing books by Georges Simenon, Jack Grimwood,… ,
    • John Stubbs reviews Stephen Greenblatt's latest, 'Tyrant: Shakespeare on Power' ,
    • RT : What happened when US military strategist Herman Kahn - one of Kubrick’s three models for Dr Strangelove - took LSD… ,
    • 'Pollan has no doubt that the use of psychedelics could have a powerfully beneficial effect on a range of condition… ,
    • A memoir about an Untouchable family and the 'formation of modern India': 'Ants among Elephants' by @gidla_sujatha… ,
    • RT : First founded in Edinburgh in 1979, is considered a trusted independent source for reviews of new book… ,
    • 'In different ways Hatherley makes gritty Lódź and poor old which-country-are-we-in-this-week Lviv sound entrancing… ,