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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.
Frontmatter CONTENTS ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS INTRODUCTION 1. THRESHOLDS AND BOUNDARIES AT HOME 2. MEN ALONE: HOW BACHELORS LIVED 3.SETTING UP HOME 4. HIS AND HERS: ACCOUNTING FOR THE HOUSEHOLD 5. ROOMS AT THE TOP 6. WALLPAPER AND TASTE 7. THE TRIALS OF DOMESTIC DEPENDENCE 8. A NEST OF COMFORTS: WOMEN ALONE 9. WHAT WOMEN MADE 10. A SEX IN THINGS? CONCLUSION NOTES MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
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