What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-The Facts of Daily Life Innineteenth-Century England

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Simon & Schuster Australia, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 416 pages
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For every frustrated reader of the great nineteenth-century English novels of Austen, Trollope, Dickens, or the Brontės, who has ever wondered whether a duke outranked an earl, when to yell "Tally-ho!" at a fox hunt, or how one landed in debtor's prison, here is a "delightful reader's companion that lights up the literary dark" (The New York Times). This guide clarifies the sometimes bizarre maze of rules, regulations, and customs that governed everyday life in Victorian England. Author Daniel Pool provides countless intriguing details (did you know that "plums" in Christmas plum pudding were actually raisins?) on the Church of England, sex, Parliament, dinner parties, country house visiting, and a host of other aspects of nineteenth-century English life--both "upstairs" and "downstairs". A glossary reveals the meaning and significance of terms ranging from "ague" to "wainscoting," the specifics of the currency system, and countless other curiosities of the day.

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Review: What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist--the Facts of Daily Life in 19th-Century England

User Review  - KM Weiland - Goodreads

I loved this book from the moment I read its title. It's a jolly delightful look at perhaps the most popular century ever. And the best part? It pays high tribute to the classic novels of the era ... Read full review

Review: What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist--the Facts of Daily Life in 19th-Century England

User Review  - Melissa Proffitt - Goodreads

I'm not sure what to make of this. I found a mistake that suggested the author was depending on the wrong sources, which made me wonder about other possible inaccuracies, which in turn ruined my ... Read full review

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Introduction
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Currency
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London
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Copyright

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