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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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For every frustrated reader of the great nineteenth-century English novels of Austen, Trollope, Dickens, or the Brontës 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 fascinating, lively 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 the "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."

An illuminating glossary gives at a glance the meaning and significance of terms ranging from "ague" to "wainscoting," the specifics of the currency system, and a lively host of other details and curiosities of the day.

Review:

"A delightful book...indispensable to lovers of Victorian literature." M.G. Lord, New York Newsday

Review:

"This entertaining social history is just the ticket for Americans who like to read Dickens and other 19th-century novelists...or for anyone who likes to read histories and biographies of that era." Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune

Review:

"It's great fun reading this, and Pool has provided a valuable service." Glenn Giffin, The Denver Post

Review:

"Although there are many books on the social history of 19th-century Britain...this volume is useful because of its concise chapters and lengthy glossary." Library Journal

About the Author

Daniel Pool received a doctorate in political science from Brandeis University and a law degree from Columbia University. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Part One

The Basics

Currency

The Calendar

Hogsheads and Drams: English Measurement

England

London

The Public World

Precedence: Of Bishops, Barristers, and Baronets

The Titled

How to Address Your Betters

Esq., Gent., K.C.B., etc.

Status: Gentlemen and Lesser Folk

Society

Society and "The Season"

Basic Etiquette

How to Address the Nontitled

"May I Have This Dance?"

The Rules of Whist and Other Card Games

Calling Cards and Calls

The Major Rituals

Presentation at Court

The Dinner Party

The Ball

The Country House Visit

Money

Being Wealthy

Entail and Protecting the Estate

Bankruptcy, Debt, and Moneylending

Power and the Establishment

The Government

Britannia Rules the Waves

The Army

The Church of England

Oxford and Cambridge

Schools

"The Law Is a Ass"

Lawyers

Crime and Punishment

Transition

The Horse

Please, James, the Coach

The Railroad

The Mail

The Country

Life on the Farm

The Midlands, Wessex, and Yorkshire

Who's Who in the Country

Shire and Shire Alike: Local Government in Britain

"The Theory and System of Fox Hunting"

Vermin, Poachers, and Keepers

Fairs and Markets

The Private World

"Reader, I Married Him"

Sex

An Englishman's Home

Houses with Names

Furniture

Lighting

How the English Kept Clean

"Please, Sir, I Want Some More."

Pudding!

Tea

Drink and the Evils Thereof

Women's Clothing

Men's Clothing

Servants

The Governess

A Taxonomy of Maids

Victorian Recycling

The Grim World

The Orphan

Occupations

Apprentices

The Workhouse

Disease

Doctors

Death and Other Grave Matters

Part Two

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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jennifer morrow, January 13, 2010 (view all comments by jennifer morrow)
I thought, from the title, that it would be a quick read but it's much more detailed and researched than I expected. Really well-researched. If you've ever wondered about the different coins used in a Dickens novel or the rules for a card game played by the Bennetts, this book explains it. It also lists the many surprising items people were taxed for, like windows, hats and male servants and so explains why someone who had windows in every room was very wealthy. Also handy is that it translates the Victorian terms for illnesses into modern language.
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scratch, December 17, 2008 (view all comments by scratch)
Totally absorbing and enormously edifying...if you enjoy Victorian fiction or even Victoriana this highly readable and entertaining book deserves a place on your nightstand.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780671882365
Author:
Pool, Daniel
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Author:
Pool
Author:
Daniel
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
History
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
England
Subject:
Dickens, charles, 1812-1870
Subject:
English literature
Subject:
Literature and society
Subject:
Austen, jane, 1775-1817
Subject:
Manners and customs in literature.
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
England Social life and customs.
Subject:
World History-England General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
#94-55
Publication Date:
April 1994
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
45 b/w line art t/o
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 12.845 oz

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Product details 416 pages Touchstone Books - English 9780671882365 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A delightful book...indispensable to lovers of Victorian literature."
"Review" by , "This entertaining social history is just the ticket for Americans who like to read Dickens and other 19th-century novelists...or for anyone who likes to read histories and biographies of that era."
"Review" by , "It's great fun reading this, and Pool has provided a valuable service."
"Review" by , "Although there are many books on the social history of 19th-century Britain...this volume is useful because of its concise chapters and lengthy glossary."
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