Benjamin Disraeli () tried to tackle the Condition of England In his Young England novels, Coningsby (), Sybil () and. Disraeli intended Sybil as more than reportage, and the Condition-of-England debate in the novel has a clear political goal. Disraeli argues that. Buy Sybil, or the Two Nations by Benjamin Disraeli, Fiction, Classics by Benjamin Disraeli from Amazon’s Fiction Books Store. Everyday low prices on a huge.

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He was one of the first authors and statesmen who correctly recognised the imminent social crisis in Britain that might have led to revolution, and he thought he had a means of heading off that revolution. One might see this as daring and innovative.

When Coningsby develops his political philosophy, it is in essence a tribute to the Young Didraeli movement opposed to Prime Minister Robert Peel But it is not the highest quality. Again, definitely a good read.

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Benjamin Disraeli and the Two Nation Divide

Visraeli the hands of a skilled novelist or screenwriter and directorthe plot could really sing. Now for another prefacing comment. It is interesting to see how Disraeli portra Benjamin Disraeli was a politician. I find all the political stuff either boring or ridiculous the people are too violent and dumb to ever lead themselves except for very rare Great Men who also happen to be disenfranchised aristocrats?

Published March 1st by Wildside Press first published The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions; and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity. Disraeli illustrates how jaded these bnejamin men are in contrast to Egremont who despite having easily won a seat in parliament that is practically in the gift of his family is beginning to show signs of independence from the political stands of his family.


In SybilDisraeli admitted frankly that the working-class was exploited by the laissez-faire system. Disraeli intended Sybil as more than reportage, and the Condition-of-England debate in the novel has a clear political goal.

Sybil, or the Two Nations

View all 4 comments. I, too, have loved. Naturally, after several plot-like twists they fall in love, Egremont saves Sybil and all this is wrapped up with obvious political overtones from the author. One of the great British politicians of the nineteenth century, Disraeli served twice as Tory Prime Minister and diisraeli and was also a prominent figure in opposition. For Disraeli, Chartismlike for Carlyle, is a popular movement without a leader.

When his brother marries the woman Egremont had set his sights on Egremont exiled himself benjamun travel the world. In the early s, he tried unsuccessfully to start a political career.

There were indeed those of the upper class who were sympathetic to the concerns of the lower classes, and it is very true that the Industrial Revolution was a social revolution, but Disraeli’s novel was very disjointed. The political-platform-and-political-and-family-history sections of the books were rather boring. Lys, Egremont meets Sybil in the sick chamber of Philip Warner, an impoverished weaver, and is again enraptured by her spirituality and social commitment.

He sees firsthand the plight of the poor and also enters the world of the Chartists of which Walter Gerrard is a leader. It is interesting to see how Disraeli portrays the two nations of the workers and the landed gentry, and one can learn from his discussion. Weirdly, Disraeli has occasionally been appropriated by Ed Miliband’s Labour party. It is not a recreational read. One is that there isn’t much logical overlap betw Apparently, Disraeli read little fiction himself.


In a parliamentary sense, that great party has ceased to exist; but I will believe that it still lives in the thought and sentiment and consecrated memory of the English nation. Nonetheless, Sybil is the most interesting Condition-of-England novel of the Young England trilogy because it examines critically the social consequences of the Industrial Revolution and the ensuing split of the nation into the rich and the poor. This is a snoozer, my friends.

English literary culture was making the transition from the high camp of the Regency to the hard grind of early Victorian society. When the crowd rushes at the troopers, Gerard is killed, Lord Marney is stoned to death, and Mowbray Castle is burnt down.

Disraeli’s plots are far-fetched, and his characters balsa-wood. Some of the social commentary is a little heavy-handed and it’s not a patch on Gaskell as industrial novels go, but an interesting plot and an enjoyable read: I was lured past a certain point and Disraelii finished it. Like most Victorian novels this one is quite ponderous with long descriptions of conversations, events and places.