The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in the 1800sby Marc McCutcheon
Help has arrived. Marc McCutcheon illuminates everyday life in
As your historical romance or mystery unfolds in nineteenth-century Boston -- or a dusty farm town in the American West -- your characters sit down to the breakfast table... And your story grinds to an abrupt halt. What should they be eating? Or wearing to attend church later this Sunday morning?
Help has arrived. Marc McCutcheon illuminates everyday life in the 1800's decade by decade, in the pages of this dictionary-style reference guide. In this comprehensive volume, you'll find hundreds of otherwise obscure facts about:
- Popular slang -- from the range to the underworld.
- How to furnish a farmhouse or outfit a barn.
- How much it costs for a shot of whiskey or to mail a letter.
- Styles for the fashionable -- and not-so-fashionable.
- Courtship and marriage rituals.
- Popular food and drink -- including brand names.
Take out about 50 pounds of books from your local library and you may be lucky enough to find some of the information included here. Take out another 50 pounds and you'll still have but a fraction of the details you need to make your story -- and your characters -- live and breathe in the 1800's. This book is the only reference gathering all of this valuable, hard-to-find -- but oh-so-helpful -- information into one volume.
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I have a large number of reference books, but none that I refer to as often as this one! The topics are well categorized, and it is easy to find what you are looking for. Great book, highly recommended!