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By A Customer
This review is from: Wives and Daughters: Women and Children in the Georgian Country House (Hardcover)
The book first describes the lives of four generations of the same family. The second parts deals with specific subjucts (Gardens, Health, Servants, Literature etc), all in relation to the letters and diaries of those women. The book manages to sail between the particular- one family-and the general- a representation of a time- beautifully. It is very detailed in a way which is hardly ever tiring. The great discovery of the book in my view are the diaries and letters of Susan O'Brien. An Earl's daughter who eloped with an actor, moved with him to colonial America and back to England. Her story is fascinating and her letters reveal an intelligent, curious and original mind.
I hope her diary and letters will be published.
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