Faithful Victorian

William Thomas Thornton, 1813-1880

  • Mark Donoghue

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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    Pages 9-42
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    Pages 43-78
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    Pages 79-110
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 263-296

About this book


This book weaves William Thomas Thornton’s life story into the larger themes of his diverse writings whose purpose was to expose ambiguities and contradictions in politics, economics, metaphysics and religion. Thornton was a poet, an intrepid traveler, a biographer, an essayist, an imperial mandarin, and a dutiful family man. Thornton joined the East India Company in the mid-1830s, rising to become Secretary of the India Office’s Department of Public Works. This study uses Thornton’s letters and other recently-discovered primary material to provide a fascinating account that returns his compelling life to the center of nineteenth-century British intellectual thought.


William Thomas Thornton John Stuart Mill classical economies Irish land reform Victorian England India office East India Company

Authors and affiliations

  • Mark Donoghue
    • 1
  1. 1.461 Clementi RoadSim University 461 Clementi RoadSingaporeSingapore

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-59086-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-58773-2
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