Victorian Childhood: 1877–1895

  • Martin C. Kerby
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


Kerby explores the impact on Sir Philip Gibbs wrought by a childhood which, in his words, was spent in ‘the England of Dickens’. Born in 1877, Gibbs’ family assumed both the outward signs of middle-class life, such as the idealization of family, cultural pursuits, and family entertainments, and the pervasive belief in the values of hard work, sexual morality, and individual responsibility. Ideologically, he was also profoundly influenced by the work of Charles Dickens and Thomas Carlyle with the work of both writers doing much to shape his support of nineteenth-century liberalism, his belief in the power of Christian virtue, and his abhorrence of radical politics.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin C. Kerby
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  1. 1.Humanities & International StudiesUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowooombaAustralia

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