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

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 21, 1994 - Education - 416 pages
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A “delightful reader’s companion” (The New York Times) to the great nineteenth-century British novels of Austen, Dickens, Trollope, the Brontės, and more, this lively guide clarifies the sometimes bizarre maze of rules and customs that governed life in Victorian England.

For anyone 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,” this book serves as an indispensable historical and literary resource. Author Daniel Pool provides countless intriguing details (did you know that the “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.

An illuminating glossary gives at a glance the meaning and significance of terms ranging from “ague” to “wainscoting,” the specifics of the currency system, and a lively host of other details and curiosities of the day.
 

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User Review  - AliceAnna - LibraryThing

A must for a Dickens fiend like me -- explains so many of the vagaries of Victorian England. Those people were freakin' nuts though when it came to titles and servants and all that crap. I would not have done well there. Read full review

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User Review  - thatotter - LibraryThing

Very readable. Probably a good reference for readers, but doesn't go into enough detail to be really useful for writers. The author draws a lot of examples directly from novels (mainly Trollope ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
13
Currency
19
London
26
Of Bishops Barristers and Baronets
33
Esq Gent K C B etc
44
Society
50
The Horse
142
The Railroad
148
Sex
186
Houses with Names
194
The Orphan
234
Apprentices
240
Disease
246
Death and Other Grave Matters
252
Glossary 259
411
Copyright

Married Him
180

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About the author (1994)

Daniel Pool received a doctorate in political science from Brandeis University and a law degree from Columbia University. He lives in New York City.

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