Victorians Undone: Tales Of The Flesh In The Age Of Decorum

March 21, 2017|
Victorians Undone: Tales Of The Flesh In The Age Of Decorum by Kathryn Hughes
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'Victorians Undone is the most original history book I have read in a long while' Daily MailA SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR . AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR . A BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE BOOK OF THE YEARA groundbreaking account of what it was like to live in a Victorian body from one of our best historians.Why did the great philosophical novelist George Eliot feel so self-conscious that her right hand was larger than her left?Exactly what made Darwin grow that iconic beard in 1862, a good five years after his contemporaries had all retired their razors?Who knew Queen Victoria had a personal hygiene problem as a young woman and the crisis that followed led to a hurried commitment to marry Albert?What did John Sell Cotman, a handsome drawing room operator who painted some of the most exquisite watercolours the world has ever seen, feel about marrying a woman whose big nose made smart people snigger?How did a working-class child called Fanny Adams disintegrate into pieces in 1867 before being reassembled into a popular joke, one we still reference today, but would stop, appalled, if we knew its origins?Kathryn Hughes follows a thickened index finger or deep baritone voice into the realms of social history, medical discourse, aesthetic practise and religious observance - its language is one of admiring glances, cruel sniggers, an implacably turned back. The result is an eye-opening, deeply intelligent, groundbreaking account that brings the Victorians back to life and helps us understand how they lived their lives.
Kathryn Hughes is a highly-regarded social historian and biographer whose work has won major awards, including the James Tait Black Prize (1999). Her two most recent books, the best-selling The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton and George Eliot: The Last Victorian, were turned into major dramas by the BBC. She was educated at Oxf...
Title:Victorians Undone: Tales Of The Flesh In The Age Of DecorumFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:432 pages, 9.45 X 6.26 X 0 inShipping dimensions:432 pages, 9.45 X 6.26 X 0 inPublished:March 21, 2017Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007548362

ISBN - 13:9780007548361

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