Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England

Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England

by Amanda Vickery
     
 

In this brilliant new work, Amanda Vickery unlocks the homes of Georgian England to examine the lives of the people who lived there. Writing with her customary wit and verve, she introduces us to men and women from all walks of life: gentlewoman Anne Dormer in her stately Oxfordshire mansion, bachelor clerk and future novelist Anthony Trollope in his dreary

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In this brilliant new work, Amanda Vickery unlocks the homes of Georgian England to examine the lives of the people who lived there. Writing with her customary wit and verve, she introduces us to men and women from all walks of life: gentlewoman Anne Dormer in her stately Oxfordshire mansion, bachelor clerk and future novelist Anthony Trollope in his dreary London lodgings, genteel spinsters keeping up appearances in two rooms with yellow wallpaper, servants with only a locking box to call their own.

Vickery makes ingenious use of upholsterer’s ledgers, burglary trials, and other unusual sources to reveal the roles of house and home in economic survival, social success, and political representation during the long eighteenth century. Through the spread of formal visiting, the proliferation of affordable ornamental furnishings, the commercial celebration of feminine artistry at home, and the currency of the language of taste, even modest homes turned into arenas of social campaign and exhibition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300154535
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/17/2009
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

List of Illustrations xi

Introduction 1

1 Thresholds and Boundaries at Home 25

2 Men Alone 49

3 Setting up Home 83

4 His and Hers 106

5 Rooms at the Top 129

6 Wallpaper and Taste 166

7 The Trials of Domestic Dependence 184

8 A Nest of Comforts 207

9 What Women Made 231

10 A Sex in Things? 257

Conclusion 291

Notes 308

Manuscript Collections 350

Select Bibliography 359

Index 368

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