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Public Lives: Women, Family, and Society in Victorian Britain

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This lively book challenges many stereotypes about Victorian women and their families and offers intriguing new insights into middle-class life in Britain from 1840 through the early years of the twentieth century. Eleanor Gordon and Gwyneth Nair examine women’s relationships, their marriages, the ways they earned and spent their money, and their social, spiritual, and civ ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published January 11th 2004 by Yale University Press
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Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it
In the bustling world of Glasgow, in the closing decades of the 19th century, women swanned about the city, having secret affairs, determining the styles, and flashing the wealth of their nouveau riche husbands and fathers. They wrote romantic letters and thrilled in the energy of the growing city. Far from the retiring dainty ladies many people imagine as typifying the Victorian era, these women had sex, flounced about the city, and dropped money and names to circulate in society. Clearly, at t ...more
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Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Excellent book on how very diverse and varied and not confined to the privatised home lives of middle-class women in Victorian Glasgow were.
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