Monday, August 9, 2010

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool

This very interesting book gives insight into the daily life of all classes in 19th century England. It covers everything from society, etiquette, money, government, the home, food, hygiene and so on. To provide a touchstone for readers, the author uses specific examples from the works of Thackeray, the Brontes, Dickens, Trollope, Hardy, Austen, Eliot, etc. Having read many of the novels Pool utilized, there were parts of this book that almost seemed like a bit of review. The final third provides an extensive glossery of terms used during the 19th century.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PR468.S6 P66 1994
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Lisa Champ, Gift Recorder, University Advancement
Rating: Recommended

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