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 (dĭz-rā′lē), Benjamin First Earl of Beaconsfield. Known as "Dizzy." 1804-1881.
British politician and novelist. He served as prime minister (1868 and 1874-1880) and was instrumental in extending the power and scope of the British Empire.
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(Biography) Benjamin, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield. 1804–81, British Tory statesman and novelist; prime minister (1868; 1874–80). He gave coherence to the Tory principles of protectionism and imperialism, was responsible for the Reform Bill (1867) and, as prime minister, bought a controlling interest in the Suez Canal. His novels include Coningsby (1844) and Sybil (1845)
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(dɪzˈreɪ li)

Benjamin, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield ( “Dizzy” ), 1804–81, British prime minister 1868, 1874–80.
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Noun1.Disraeli - British statesman who as Prime Minister bought controlling interest in the Suez Canal and made Queen Victoria the empress of India (1804-1881)Disraeli - British statesman who as Prime Minister bought controlling interest in the Suez Canal and made Queen Victoria the empress of India (1804-1881)
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In the lives of two of these, Bulwer-Lytton and Benjamin Disraeli, there are interesting parallels.
Benjamin Disraeli, [Footnote: The second syllable is pronounced like the word 'rail' and has the accent, so that the whole name is Disraily.] later Earl of Beaconsfield (1804-1881), a much less prolific writer, was by birth a Jew.
Disraeli once described the manner of Bishop Wilberforce as "unctuous, oleaginous, saponaceous." And the good prelate was ever afterward known as Soapy Sam.
Wonderful masculine stories followed about Bright and Disraeli and coalition governments, wonderful stories which made the people at the dinner-table seem featureless and small.
23 August.--"The expected always happens." How well Disraeli knew life.
PRIMROSE DAY - The Primrose Society places primroses at the statue of Benjamin Disraeli in Parliament Square on the anniversary of his death in 1881.
One Hot Summer: Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli, and the Great Stink of 1858.
IN the acknowledgements of Lady Franklin of Russell Square, Erika Behrisch Elce thanks those without whom her first novel "would never even have been imagined." Foremost among these are "Professor Mel Wiebe and Dr Mary Millar of the Benjamin Disraeli Project (Queen's University), who first introduced me to Lady Franklin's writing and to the pleasure of reading lives lived in letters." For much of its four decades (1975-2015), the Disraeli Project, whose members researched and annotated the correspondence of Benjamin Disraeli, was headed by Dr Wiebe, with Dr Millar as his invaluable associate and co-editor.
TeleSign, the provider of customer identity and engagement solutions, has announced co-founder Ryan Disraeli has been appointed CEO, the company said.
A member of Parliament to Disraeli: 'Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.' 'That depends, Sir,' said Disraeli, 'whether I embrace your policies or your mistress!'
When Benjamin Disraeli's social novel Sybil, or The Two Nations was published in 1845, it created an immediate sensation.
In the decades after his death Disraeli was generally perceived as a Jewish figure.