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Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  8 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
"A beautifully researched study of how the Victorian Penny Post altered human relations. As Golden eloquently documents, family and friends could, at last, easily keep in touch with distant relatives, but cheap postage also provided new opportunities for blackmailers and con artists. In her richly textured study, we learn not only about the pervasive use of letters as a
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 4th 2009 by University Press of Florida (first published 2009)
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Emily Williams
Jun 01, 2013 Emily Williams rated it liked it
Brimming with all of the minutiae one would expect from an academic history of letter writing in a celebrated age of British history. At times a little tedious, but Golden's use of comparing the modes of Victorian communication with modern day email/social networking technology was exciting. There seems to be a lot of that going on at the moment, whether through the Steampunk movement (yes, I *will* call it that) or iPhone apps like "The Victorianator", which teaches you, by hand movements and g ...more
Mar 02, 2014 Al rated it it was ok
As the rating says, "it was ok." This book could have been so much better. It was an interesting look at the social pressures for the passage of the penny post law and a neat look at how Britons put it to use. At first glance, the book appears to be a scholarly treatment of the role of letter writing in mid-nineteenth century Britain, however several things distracted me from really enjoying this work. Stylistically, the author tends to repeat herself in almost every chapter, leading me to wonde ...more
Feb 08, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mail artists
Recommended to Ashley by: Smithsonian Postal Museum
I enjoyed this book. Catherine Golden offers an incisive history of the UK's penny post (dating only from 1840) and the far-reaching impact it had on British society. For me, Part II was the most interesting-- she examines the material objects that the Victorians produced as a response to this new communication medium. An all around fascinating read if you are interested in the history of communication, philately, postal history, or mail art.

Throughout the book Golden uses examples from literatu
Hope N
Feb 10, 2016 Hope N rated it really liked it
A fascinating look at the implementation of the Penny Post in 19th Century England and how it changed the ways people communicate. Golden looks at the Penny Post through the lens of narrative, both the stories people told to bring about postal reform and the way those reforms found their way into the 19th Century novel from Eliot to Dickens to Trollope (an employee of the post). Ever noticed how often Austen's heroines send and receive letters? That's because the post came somewhere between 6 an ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
It contains a lot of fascinating information about how people in Victorian England communicated and provides an important juxtaposition against the way we communicate now, but it is at heart a dense academic work that is best suited for those seriously studying the era or who have a love of the period.
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