Inside the Victorian Home

Inside the Victorian Home

A Portrait of Domestic Life in Victorian England

Book - 2004
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WW Norton
"Almost criminal in its housebreaking, burglarizing, second-story genius."—James Kincaid, University of Southern California

Baker & Taylor
Takes readers through daily life in a Victorian house on a room-by-room basis, providing detailed descriptions of each area's furnishings and decorations while recounting events that may have transpired in the parlor, master bedroom, scullery, sickroom, and more. By the author of A Circle of Sisters.

Norton Pub
The Victorian age is much closer to us in time than we might believe. Yet at that time, in the most technologically advanced nation in the world, people buried meat in fresh earth to prevent mold forming and wrung sheets out in boiling water with their bare hands. Such household drudgery was routinely performed by the grandparents of people still living, but the knowledge of it has passed as if it had never been.Judith Flanders's book is laid out like a Victorian house, taking you through the story of daily life from room to room. In each space she depicts the home's furnishings and decoration: from childbirth in the master bedroom, through the scullery and kitchen, the separate male and female domains of the drawing room and the parlor, and ending in the sickroom. A rich selection from diaries, letters, advice books, magazines, and paintings fills the rooms with the people and personalities of the age. 100 illustrations, 3 8-page color inserts.
"Almost criminal in its housebreaking, burglarizing, second-story genius."—James Kincaid, University of Southern California

Book News
Structuring her book according to the rooms of the typical British Victorian home, the author takes the reader on a guided tour of everyday family life in London of the 19th century. With chapters on the bedroom, the nursery, the kitchen, the scullery, the drawing room, and so on, she describes the typical social life of middle class Victorians, looking at the activities reserved for each room and discussing what these details of daily living reveal about the social assumptions and attitudes of their occupants. She draws on a range of source material for her exploration, from the diaries of a household maid to the writings of prominent figures such as Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Florence Nightingale, and Beatrix Potter. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

Takes readers through daily life in a Victorian house on a room-by-room basis, providing descriptions of each area's furnishings and decorations while recounting events that may have transpired in the rooms of the house.

Publisher: W.W. Norton, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393052091
0393052095
Characteristics: p. ; cm

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