Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages

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Vintage Books, 1984 - Biography & Autobiography - 318 pages
Examines the marriages of five Victorian couples--the Carlyles, Ruskins, Dickenses, Mills, and George Eliot and George Henry Lewes--to demonstrate the classic strengths and weaknesses of the institution of marriage

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User Review  - JDHomrighausen - LibraryThing

Rose, a literary scholar, examines the marriages of five famous Victorian authors: Thomas Carlyle, John Stuart Mill, George Eliot, Charles Dickens, and John Ruskin. (As a side note, I find it ... Read full review

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This is one of the best books I found about Victorian marriages and literary couples. Insightful, full of unique details, and a great pleasure to read. When I lost my copy years ago, I went out and bought a new one to replace it. Read full review


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Phyllis Rose is a professor of English at Wesleyan University. She received her bachelor's degree from Radcliffe, her master's from Yale, and her doctorate from Harvard. She taught briefly at both Harvard and Yale before coming to Wesleyan in 1969, and has also been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley. The author lives in Middletown, Connecticut, with her son, Teddy. Her first book, Woman of Letters: A Life of Virginia Woolf, was nominated for the 1978 National Book Award.

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