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How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life

 
 
Author
Ruth Goodman.
Publisher Liveright  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9781631491139
Pages/Publication Date 458/2015
Daedalus Item Code 69758
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A historian who believes in getting her hands dirty, Ruth Goodman here draws on her own adventures living in re-created Victorian conditions to serve as our bustling and fanciful guide to life in 19th-century Britain. From waking up to the rapping of a "knocker-upper man" on the window pane to lacing into a corset after a round of calisthenics, from slipping a toddy of opium to the little ones to finally retiring behind closed doors for the ideal combination of "love, consideration, control, and pleasure," the weird, wonderful, and somewhat gruesome intricacies of Victorian life are vividly rendered here.

"If you want to know how [Victorians] looked, sounded, felt, and smelled, there is no better guide than this one."NYTBR

"Goodman's research is impeccable, and she attacks the topic with gusto, taking the reader through an average day and presenting the oddities of life without condescension.... Although the book lends itself to being read in segments, I read it straight through like a novel, panting to know what would happen next."Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Goodman mixes historical context with technical know-how; in addition to explaining why women wore corsets she tries wearing and even making one herself.... The book's accumulation of detail on matters as diverse as purchasing a ticket for the new underground railway, administering an opium-based tonic to a baby, and signaling interest in a homosexual affair makes you feel as if you could pass as a native."The New Yorker

 
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