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Benjamin Disraeli was a politically engaged man He was a Member of Parliament Chancellor of the Exchequer which is relatively like the United States Secretary of the Treasury and was twice the Prime Minister of Great Britain Unlike many politicos of his day however Disraeli was heavily involved in issues of the common man of Victorian England such as expanding suffrage to all taxpaying men improving health facilities and practices housing trade unions but most importantly humanizing the working and living conditions of the lower-class in England He addressed these issues with not only governmental involvement Disraeli was a professional writer as well He wrote both romantically and realistically and molded public opinion with Cybil and Conigsby as much as he did with any legislation The philosophies of this man are multifaceted and his political experience combined with his influential literature give him no precise contemporary However there were many intellectuals of his time with whom he concurred and deterred about prevailing matters within Victorian England There is the aspect of Disraelis actual writing style that could be considered superficially insignificant but is in fact a quite important feature of each of their outlooks Benjamin Disraeli was as afore mentioned quite a successful novelist prior to his beginning as a Member of Parliament Like fellow Victorian author Charles Dickens who made himself famous by stating the horrific conditions of working class Victorian England in novels of historical fiction such as Nicholas Nickelby and Oliver Twist Disraeli chose to use novels as the expression of his views on the need for government reforms for improved working and living conditions for the working classes He believed that telling stories in which the reader could see understand and interpret the appalling conditions for themselves his the best way to show the true nature of the unfortunate lives of those in the lower class Essayist and Historian Thomas Carlyle on the other hand wholeheartedly disagreed with Dickens and
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