A.N. Wilson, The Victorians
(New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2003), p. 152:
Sometimes we can learn more of a past generation by reading the authors who were popular at the time and have now sunk without trace, rather than reperusing the immortals.
Wordy, authoritative, cliché-ridden, Miss Martineau had the know-all tone which so often wins journalism wide readership and short-term respect. Like many of her modern equivalents, she had all the right views — that is the views espoused by the metropolitan intelligentsia.