NON-FICTION, FICTION: Gladstone v. Disraeli


A Cross Section. Look 50 years ago, to 1876. Disraeli is 72. Gladstone is 67. Both have been in politics a full generation−Tory Disraeli almost always "out" [of power] and until recently detested by most of the members of his own party, which can find no better man to lead it; Gladstone, "in and out," half-in, half-out, goaded around the arena by a conscience, the subtlety of which he is interminably explaining to the misapprehensive gentlemen of England.

Disraeli's face has assumed its immortal cast. The gaudy affectations...

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