This book explores the lasting cultural and political impact of the events of this remarkable year. Oscar Wilde's disastrous
libel suit against the Marquess of Queensberry dominated British newspapers during the spring of 1895. Now, Nicholas Freeman
shows that the Wilde scandal was just one of many events to capture the public's imagination that year. Had Jack the Ripper
returned? Did the Prime Minister have a dreadful secret? Were Aubrey Beardsley's drawings corrupting the nation? Were overpaid
foreign players ruining English football? Could cricket save a nation from moral ruin? Freak weather, flu, a General Election,
industrial unrest, New Women, fraud, accidents, anarchists, balloons and bicycles all stirred up interest and alarm. 1895
shows how this turbulent year is at the same time far removed from our own day and strangely familiar. It interweaves literature,
politics and historical biography with topics such as crime, the weather, sport, visual art and journalism to give an overarching
view of everyday life in 1895.
It draws on strikingly diverse primary sources, from the Aberdeen Weekly Journal to the
Women's Signal Budget, and from the Illustrated Police News to The Yellow Book. It is eclectically illustrated with stills
from plays and reproductions of newspaper front pages to bring Victorian culture to life.