AN AMERICAN IN VICTORIAN CAMBRIDGE

Charles Astor Bristed’s Five Years in an English University
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Charles Astor Bristed (1820-1874) was the favourite grandson of John Jacob Astor (the first American multi-millionaire, and the Astor of the Waldorf-Astoria). After gaining a degree at Yale, Bristed entered Trinity College, Cambridge in 1840, graduating in 1845. This is a detailed account of student life in the Cambridge of the 1840s, and belongs to a nineteenth-century trans-Atlantic publishing genre: travel accounts designed to describe British culture to Americans and vice-versa.
. . . an unusual and frequently very funny snapshot of Victorian Cambridge . . . an invaluable reprint of a unique and accessible account. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT