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Love and Dirt: The Marriage of Arthur Munby and Hannah Cullwick
On May 26, 1854, Arthur Munby met Hannah Cullwick. He was a solicitor for the Ecclesiastical Commission, and he loathed his job. She was a servant, a maid of all work. This first encounter marked the beginning of a relationship which was to endure for more than fifty years. Drawing on their diaries, letters, and Munby's photographs of Hannah, Diane Atkinson paints a pictur ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published September 18th 2004 by Pan Macmillan
(first published 2004)
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Amazing story of a woman who transgresses the status quo to forge another path. Hannah Cullwick is my new shiny toy that I'm obessed with....however this book is badly written....long, blabbing sentences yet over simplified. This is strange enough to be fiction....but it's not.
A very close look at a rather odd relationship that may or may not be telling us something about the Victorians in general. I found this convincing, a little moving, and not nearly as circular and repetitive as I had expected. Worth a look for the history, and certainly good for the narrative if you like this sort of slightly sordid relationship stuff.