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Author Millar, Mary S., 1939-
Title Disraeli's disciple : the scandalous life of George Smythe / Mary S. Millar.
Imprint Toronto [Ont.] : University of Toronto Press, 2006.

Author Millar, Mary S., 1939-
Subject Disraeli, Benjamin, 1804-1881 -- Friends and associates.
Strangford, George Augustus Frederick Percy Sydney Smythe, Viscount, 1818-1857.
Young England movement.
Politicians -- England -- Biography.
Nobility -- England -- Biography.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1837-1901.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 380 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, portraits
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Summary "One of the most intriguing relationships in Victorian history is that between George Smythe (1818-57), handsome aristocrat and iconoclast, and Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81), society novelist, Jewish outsider, and future British prime minister. While Smythe's friendship was central to Disraeli's rise to political power in the 1840s and 1850s, little has been written about Smythe's life beyond a few paragraphs in biographies and histories of the period."
"Mary S. Millar redresses this omission with Disraeli's Disciple, the first ever biography of Smythe. Drawing from extensive original research, Millar details the full extent of Smythe's early brilliance as a writer and politician with the Young England splinter group that fostered Disraeli's political rise. Millar's research reveals how heavily Disraeli relied on Smythe and how closely Disraeli's fictional characters were based on him: his looks and idealism in Coningsby (1844), his duplicity in Tancred (1847), and his charm in Endymion (1880). Millar identifies Smythe's incisive journalism for the first time, illustrating his fine grasp of European politics and the venom of his personal attacks.
She also documents Smythe's numerous and often disreputable love affairs with remarkable partners: the French countess thirty years his senior, the Anglican priest who wrote him passionate poetry, the circus equestrienne he groomed for marriage to an Earl, and the Scottish heiress he married as he lay dying of tuberculosis." "In addition to the portrait it paints of a fascinating man whose public life was as earnest and idealistic as his private life was shocking and titillating, Disraeli's Disciple also provides new insights into the politics of this formative stage in British history."--Jacket.
Contents ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Chronology 1818a?75""; ""Abbreviations""; ""Prologue: The Wild Ass's Skin""; ""1 A Splendid Failure?""; ""2 1400a?1817: The Strangford Inheritance""; ""3 1818a?26: Cradled in Commotions""; ""4 1826a?35: George Smythe's Schooldays""; ""5 1836a?7: Herstmonceux and Cambridge""; ""6 1837a?8: Faber""; ""7 1838a?9: Pearls and Swine""; ""8 1840: Lady Tankerville""; ""9 1841: Heaven-Born Statesman or Devil-Born Orator""; ""10 1841: I Am a Very Zero""; ""11 1842: Young England""; ""12 1843: Worrying Peel a? and Reading Casanova""
""13 1844: Coningsby and Historic Fancies""""14 1844: The Pursuit of Psyche""; ""15 1845: The Double Game""; ""16 1846: Falling Upstairs a? and Down""; ""17 1847: With a Tongue and a Pen of His Own""; ""18 1848a?9: Very Like Assassination""; ""19 1850a?2: Diplomatic Moves""; ""20 1852: Something about the Duke""; ""21 1853a?5: The Stage-Box of My Soul""; ""22 1856a?7: Bed-Ridden Lovelace""; ""Afterwards""; ""Notes""; ""Bibliography""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""Q""; ""R""; ""S""; ""T""
""V""""W""; ""Y""; ""Z""; ""Illustrations""
ISBN 9781442673977 (electronic bk.)
1442673974 (electronic bk.)
0802090923 (bound)
9780802090928 (bound)
OCLC # 244767871
Additional Format Print version: Millar, Mary S., 1939- Disraeli's disciple. Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 2006 9780802090928 (DLC) 2008540429 (OCoLC)62430518

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