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Behind Closed Doors

Author: Amanda Vickery

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In this brilliant 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.show more

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Weight 490 g
Author

Amanda Vickery

Publisher

Yale University Press

Binding

Paperback / softback

ISBN-10

0300245726

Dimensions

197 x 146 x 31

Language

English

Country of Pub

United States

Book Condition

New

Notes

80 b-w + 25 color illus.

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