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Book Title: Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England|
The author of the book: Amanda Vickery
Date of issue: November 30th 2010
ISBN 13: 9780300168969
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 37.26 MB
Edition: Yale University Press
Read full description of the books Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England:In this brilliant new work, Amanda Vickery unlocks the homes of Georgian England to examine the lives of the people who lived there. Writing with her customary wit and verve, she introduces us to men and women from all walks of life: gentlewoman Anne Dormer in her stately Oxfordshire mansion, bachelor clerk and future novelist Anthony Trollope in his dreary London lodgings, genteel spinsters keeping up appearances in two rooms with yellow wallpaper, servants with only a locking box to call their own.
Vickery makes ingenious use of upholsterer’s ledgers, burglary trials, and other unusual sources to reveal the roles of house and home in economic survival, social success, and political representation during the long eighteenth century. Through the spread of formal visiting, the proliferation of affordable ornamental furnishings, the commercial celebration of feminine artistry at home, and the currency of the language of taste, even modest homes turned into arenas of social campaign and exhibition.
Read information about the authorAmanda Vickery is a British historian and television presenter.
She graduated from the former Bedford College, London (now part of Royal Holloway, University of London) where she completed her PhD in Modern History.
Presently, Vickery is professor of Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London and has held academic posts at Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of York. Her academic interests encompass the Late Modern period from the seventeenth century to the present with a strong emphasis on the Georgian period in England.
She has written widely on social history, literature, the history of romance and the home, politics, law and crime with an emphasis on women's studies and feminism.
In 1998 she published her first book 'The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England', for which she received the Whitfield prize, the Wolfton History prize and the Longman-History Today prize.
In 2006 she co-edited 'Gender, Taste, and Material Culture in Britain and North America, 1700-1830'.
In 2009, Vickery authored Behind 'Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England' to wide critical acclaim.
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