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Behind Closed Doors At Home in Georgian England (Paperback)

Author:  Amanda Vickery
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0300168969
ISBN-13: 9780300168969
Sku: 215405562
Publish Date: 11/30/2010
Pages:  382
 
In this brilliant new work, the author unlocks the homes of Georgian England to examine the lives of the people who lived there. She introduces us to men and women from all walks of life: gentlewoman Anne Dormer in her stately Oxfordshire mansion, bachelor clerk and future novelist Anthony Trollope in his dreary London lodgings, genteel spinsters keeping up appearances in two rooms with yellow wallpaper, servants with only a locking box to call their own. She makes use of upholsterers ledgers, burglarytrials, and other unusual sources to reveal the roles of house and home in economic survival, social success, and political representation during the long eighteenth century. Through the spread of formal visiting, the proliferation of affordable ornamental furnishings, the commercial celebration of feminine artistry at home, and the currency of the language of taste, even modest homes turned into arenas of social campaign and exhibition. *Author: Vickery, Amanda *Subtitle: At Home in Georgian England *Publication Date: 2010/11/30 *Number of Pages: 382 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 6.25 *Height: 9.25
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In this brilliant new work, Amanda Vickery unlocks the homes of Georgian England to examine the lives of the people who lived there. Writing with her customary wit and verve, she introduces us to men and women from all walks of life: gentlewoman Anne Dormer in her stately Oxfordshire mansion, bachelor clerk and future novelist Anthony Trollope in his dreary London lodgings, genteel spinsters keeping up appearances in two rooms with yellow wallpaper, servants with only a locking box to call their own.

 

Vickery makes ingenious use of upholsterer’s ledgers, burglary trials, and other unusual sources to reveal the roles of house and home in economic survival, social success, and political representation during the long eighteenth century. Through the spread of formal visiting, the proliferation of affordable ornamental furnishings, the commercial celebration of feminine artistry at home, and the currency of the language of taste, even modest homes turned into arenas of social campaign and exhibition.

 

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0382
Product attributePublisher:   Yale University Press
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