‘The Secret of England’s Greatness’: A Note on the Anti-Imperialism of Such is Life

John Barnes


The article traces the phrase 'Secret of England's Greatness' through its currency in nineteenth-century British culture, including the title of the painting of Queen Victoria by Thomas Jones Barker (1863), and other references, to argue that it was a commonplace in Joseph Furphy's time. The paper traces Furphy's critique of British imperialism in the novel.


Joseph Furphy; Queen Victoria; British nineteenth century culture

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