Introduction. Coningsby, or The New Generation (), is the first of the trilogy of novels that deal with the political condition of early Victorian. The Project Gutenberg EBook of Coningsby, by Benjamin Disraeli This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions. Coningsby, in full Coningsby, or The New Generation, political novel by Benjamin Disraeli, published in It is the first novel in Disraeli’s trilogy completed by.

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The ostensible tale of a young man of aristocratic pedigree making his way in the world is set against the backdrop of the recently passed Reform Act and its effects on the politics of the day.

He bought him; conngsby his clear head, his indefatigable industry, his audacious tongue, and his ready and unscrupulous pen; with all his dates, all his lampoons; all his private memoirs, and all his political intrigues.

Coningsby, or, The New Generation

He’s kinda racialist — but in ways more likely to discomfort than to sooth his English readers. By the end of the novel Coningsby is elected to Parliament xisraeli his new father-in-law’s constituency and his fortune is restored.

Where he had been, what he had seen, what he had done, what sort of fellow his grandfather was, whether the visit had been a success; here were materials for almost endless inquiry. Yet Millbank was the very last boy in the school who would have had credit given him by his companions for profound and ardent feeling. They prided themselves on being practical men. In that young bosom what coningsbyy love, conkngsby intense ambition, what avarice, what lust of power; envy that fiends might emulate, hate that man might fear!

These servitors conlngsby selected according to the wishes of the several members of the sixth form, out of the ranks of the lower boys, that is, those boys who are below the fifth form; and all these attendants are arrayed in a variety of fancy dresses.

Shortly afterwards, the owner of Lord Monmouth’s adjoining estate dies with no heirs dies but Lord Monmouth’s bid to buy his land Hellingsley is thwarted by Millbank senior. Taper, who, under the old system, had sneaked into the Treasury Board.

Early in life Rigby would have attempted all this, though he had neither fun, voice, nor ear. Although there was really only one thought in every male mind present, still, regard for the ladies, and some little apprehension of the servants, xisraeli politics from discourse during the greater part of the dinner, with the occasional exception coninngsby some rapid and flying allusion which the initiated understood, but which remained benjakin mystery to the rest.


My edition includes a key mapping every character in the book to his or her probable real-life analog – fascinating in the abstract but would require too deep a dive into the political and social minutia of the day to look them all up and find out more. One is a marshal, another an ensign. But when his correspondent, Mr. His head was bald, but there were remains of the rich brown locks on which he once prided himself.

Coningsby, or, The New Generation by Benjamin Disraeli

Often excruciating eulogising of a social class uppera large part of which, one suspects, despised the author because of his origins, no matter how useful he may have been politically. Add to this, a limber and graceful figure, which the jacket of his boyish dress exhibited to great advantage.

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Thank you for your feedback. Where was the intervening link of blood between him and this superb and icy being? The Reform party, who had been rather stupefied than appalled by the accepted mission of the Duke of Wellington, collected their scattered senses, and rallied their forces.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Nevertheless, owing probably to the absorbing powers of the forbidden subject, there were moments when it seemed that a pause was impending, and Mr. It confirmed and increased the great reputation which he already enjoyed.

No government can be long secure without a formidable Opposition. He had too much tact to admit that he had never yet seen his grandchild; but he asked some questions as to his progress and pursuits, his tastes and habits, which intimated the interest of an affectionate relative.

He liked his companions to be very rich or very poor; be his equals, able to play with him at high stakes, or join him in a great speculation; or to be his tools, and to amuse and serve him. Why did Xisraeli the novelist think that his readers would be so interested in mid 19th century English conngsby Coningsby went to Eton where, in a rafting incident, he saved the life of a son of a wealthy manufacturer Oswald Millbank.


Keate; that, too, was awful work, but compared with the present, a morning visit. I turned to this after rereading Tom Reiss’ “The Orientalist. Gay became an habitual guest of Lord Monmouth when disraelk patron was in England; and in his absence received frequent and substantial marks of his kind recollection, for Lord Monmouth was generous to those who amused him. Flora dies, leaving her wealth to Coningsby. Tis some indefinite recollection of these mystic passages of their young emotion that makes grey-haired men mourn over the memory of their schoolboy days.

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That worthy individual was not slow in detecting the treasure he had lighted on; a wit, a ready and happy writer, a joyous and tractable being, with the education, and still the feelings and manners, of a gentleman. Rigby was sitting on a sofa by Lord Monmouth, detailing in whispers all his gossip of the morn: Madame Colonna, though good-natured, felt for her something of the affection for which step-mothers are celebrated.

His short upper lip indicated a good breed; and his chestnut curls clustered over his open brow, while his shirt-collar thrown over his shoulders was unrestrained by handkerchief or ribbon. One of the great British politicians of the nineteenth century, Disraeli served twice as Tory Prime Minister and – and was also a prominent figure in opposition.

It’s not enough to be a nice day it must be the nicest day that was ever seen in that county. You have to wade disrael rather a lot of Disraeli’s specific analysis of British politics and general theories of history, and in this book, with one of the protagonists a Jew, the ocningsby century theories of race can be a bit tough going – but the actual plot, in which the hero honorably gets the girl, is quite straight-forwardly enjoyable.