The Georgians reviewed in the Literary Review

For the novelist and biographer Elizabeth Jenkins, the 18th century was the finest and the vilest of times. Never before or since had there been so much elegance; and yet, for all that, Jenkins could not wholly regret living in a much uglier period: “…if we are in danger of breaking our hearts over this spirit of beauty which has vanished from the earth, it is our duty to remember that there existed with it, ignored or tolerated, a state of squalor and wretchedness which, to this relatively humane and hygienic age, is nearly as difficult to visualize as its heavenly obverse.”