9780300168969

Behind Closed Doors; At Home in Georgian England

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  • ISBN13:

    9780300168969

  • ISBN10:

    0300168969

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2010-11-30
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Amanda Vickery is professor of history, Royal Holloway University of London, and the author of The Gentleman’s Daughter: Women’s Lives in Georgian England, which won the Whitfield, Wolfson, and Longman History Today prizes.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vi
List of Illustrationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Thresholds and Boundaries at Homep. 25
Men Alonep. 49
Setting up Homep. 83
His and Hersp. 106
Rooms at the Topp. 129
Wallpaper and Tastep. 166
The Trials of Domestic Dependencep. 184
A Nest of Comfortsp. 207
What Women Madep. 231
A Sex in Things?p. 257
Conclusionp. 291
Notesp. 308
Manuscript Collectionsp. 350
Select Bibliographyp. 359
Indexp. 368
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