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By Laurence W. Mazzeno, Ronald D. Morrison

This assortment contains twelve provocative essays from a various workforce of overseas students, who make the most of a variety of interdisciplinary techniques to investigate “real” and “representational” animals that stand out as culturally major to Victorian literature and tradition. Essays specialise in a variety of canonical and non-canonical Victorian writers, together with Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, Anna Sewell, Emily Bronte, James Thomson, Christina Rossetti, and Richard Marsh, and so they specialize in a various array of types: fiction, poetry, journalism, and letters. those essays reflect on quite a lot of cultural attitudes and literary remedies of animals within the Victorian Age, together with the advance of the animal defense circulate, the importation of animals from the increasing Empire, the acclimatization of British animals in different nations, and the issues linked to expanding puppy possession. the gathering additionally comprises an advent co-written through the editors and proposals for extra research, and should end up of curiosity to students and scholars around the a number of disciplines which contain Animal stories.

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On August 29, 1834 Thomas Horsfield (an employee of the East India House) advised Lord Derby, for instance, that he should set up a correspondence with establishments and residences in various Dutch possessions and in that way be in a position to add to his collection of exotic birds (Tin Trunk). 10. Rajandra Mullick was an extremely wealthy merchant who had been adopted by a rich family. In 1835, at age 16, he began construction of his Marble Palace (completed in 1840). When the Zoological Gardens in Calcutta were set up in 1876, he donated many birds and animals from his personal collection.

I have seen it, unfortunately the Missionary who has brought Amral to Cape Town has enduced the poor fellow to promise it to the Governor, he now regrets having done so and as the skin has not yet reached Government House I have still hope” (Tin Trunk). Acknowledging Lord Derby’s desire to have a distinctive menagerie, agents were wary of offering too many duplicates of what Lord Derby or others might already possess; instead, they searched for the uncommon or the unique. Edward Blyth in Calcutta told Lord Derby of a doctor in a remote area of Ceylon who might be able to obtain for him a live rare parakeet.

And wanting to accommodate Lord Derby’s interest in rare species, Joseph Burke, yet another agent, wrote on August 2, 1842 that he would be “willing to go to any Country your Lordship wishes,” but suggested that New Zealand would not be particularly productive, for the place “must be rather old by this time. So many emigrants having gone there, and collectors as well” (Letterbooks). In order to honor Lord Derby’s interests and gather what was exceptional, some of these agents lived the life of an explorer and went hunting in remote areas; yet others hired people to go into the interior to capture or skin animals and birds.

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