Up the Country: Letters Written to her Sister from the Upper Provinces of India

Up the Country: Letters Written to her Sister from the Upper Provinces of India

by Emily Eden

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Overview

Raised in a politically-active household, Emily Eden's childhood prepared her well for her role as companion to her brother, the Governor-General of India. Outwardly all that a middle-class spinster should be, Eden never permitted diplomacy to dilute her letters home. Published in 1866, the letters provoked sympathy among women who had similarly endured dusty bonnets to accompany fathers and husbands to distant outposts of the British Empire. As one reviewer noted, this book is 'addressed primarily to a public consisting of wives, sisters, or daughters of possible Governors-General, and is sure therefore of general popularity'. There is still plenty to amuse modern audiences. Volume 2 conveys the growing anxiety surrounding the Anglo-Afghan war, stirring and sympathetic accounts of poverty, and the author's eagerness to return to her much-loved Kensington. Eden's descriptive passages and personal reflections are all narrated with her signature sensitivity and wit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108020756
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/23/2010
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration in Asia Series
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Umritzir, Dec. 10, 1838; 2. Dec. 1, 1838; 3. Dec. 24, 1838; 4. Sutlej, Jan. 6, 1839; 5. Soonair, Jan. 18, 1839; 6. Jan. 26, 1839; 7. Feb. 6, 1839; 8. Kurnaul, Feb. 28, 1839; 9. Simla, March 19, 1839; 10. April 11, 1839; 11. May 30, 1839; 12. June 19, 1839; 13. August 1, 1839; 14. Simla, Sept. 1, 1839; 15. Simla, Sept. 27, 1839; 16. Simla, Oct. 15, 1839; 17. Pinjore, Nov. 3, 1839; 18. Kurnaul, Nov. 13, 1839; 19. Kootub, Nov. 27, 1839; 20. Dieg, Dec. 10, 1839; 21. Agra, Dec. 29, 1839; 22. Jan. 2, 1840; 23. Jan. 12, 1840; 24. Nuddea Gaon, Jan. 23, 1840; 25. Culpee, Jan. 29, 1840; 26. Benares, Feb. 17, 1840.

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Up the Country: Letters Written to her Sister from the Upper Provinces of India 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though rife with misspellings, one is able to get an excellent picture of a time gone by. Recommended!