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A novel by B. Disraeli, published 1870. The hero, Lothair, is a wealthy young nobleman determined to seek the true path. When his parents die he is left to the guardianship of Lord Culloden, a member of the Scottish Kirk, and the brilliant cleric Grandison, who adopts the Catholic faith and becomes a cardinal. A deep interest in the merits of the Anglican and Catholic faiths, and their shared background in Judaism, pervades the book. The wit and irony of the scenes of high social life are thought by some to foreshadow Wilde. ‘Lothairmania’ swept England, the USA, and Europe; although the book was poorly reviewed (and said to lack gravitas), the first edition sold out in two days.

Subjects: Literature.

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Benjamin Disraeli (1804—1881) prime minister and novelist

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