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Gertrude Himmelfarb
Booknotes, Sunday, April 2, 1995
Gertrude Himmelfarb discusses The De-moralization Of Society: From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values.

Professor Himmelfarb discussed her book The De-Moralization of Society: From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values, published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. The book concerns the development of modern values from the Victorian virtues, and the differences between modern values and Victorian virtues. She lists four Victorian virtues: wisdom, justice, temperance and courage. The author asserts that the Victorian virtues of hard work and deferral of gratification are the tools to fix current social problems in America. (timspalding)… (more)
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Gertrude Himmelfarb was born in Brooklyn, New York and earned a B.A. from Brooklyn College while also taking courses in history, scripture, and Judaic literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She went to the University of Chicago for her doctoral studies in 1942. Under the supervision of Louis Gottschalk, Himmelfarb wrote her dissertation on the British parliamentarian and historian Lord Acton, which she later published as Lord Acton: A Study in Conscience and Politics (1952). In 1942, she married Irving Kristol, and the couple had two children. Gertrude Himmelfarb has had a long and noted career as a historian of ideas of 19-century Great Britain, maintaining that the Victorian experience offers unique insights into the problems of the modern world. She has written books and articles on leading intellectuals of the Victorian period, most notably John Stuart Mill and Charles Darwin.
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