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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Great chair-side reference. - Goodreads
Pool's writing style is very whimsical and enjoyable. - Goodreads
I particularly found the class explanations usable. - Goodreads
An essential reference for the 19th century. - Goodreads
It would be useful for a novelist writing in the era. - Goodreads
Good reference for time travel novels as well. - Goodreads

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  - Erin - Goodreads

This book was ok for me. Very informative and was an easy read for non-fiction. I think I would have liked it more if I have read more Austin, Dickens, Brontee, etc. I did like that there were actual examples from the different books. 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  - Mary Wilt - Goodreads

Really interesting read--don't look for footnotes or references, this is lighter than that yet full of tidbits. The best part is the alphabetical lexicon, which I read straight through. Altogether a handy book to keep on the shelf with your Trollope, Dickens, and Austen. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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Currency
19
London
26
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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