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 & Schuster, 1993 - Education - 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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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

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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

Over 400 pages of definitions, facts, and glosses for the most alien aspects of 1800s England. And there are a lot of them! The nineteenth century saw the birth of much of what we think of as ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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Currency
19
London
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Copyright

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About the author (1993)

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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