Sharon Pywell's Reviews > Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages

Parallel Lives by Phyllis Rose
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Feb 15, 2012

really liked it

A great companion to books like William Houghton's 1972 book on the Victorians (Victorian Frame of Mind). Lots of great detail shoring up and illuminating insightful generalizations about the time and place: Sexless marriages, marriages broken up because the wife actually has opinions of her own, marriages that stayed strong because the involved parties failed to actually get married. . .it's all here. Great historical perspective on that old truism: The personal is the political.
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