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Book Title: The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England|
The author of the book: Amanda Vickery
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Edition: Yale University Press
Date of issue: August 11th 2003
ISBN 13: 9780300102222
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What was the life of an eighteenth-century British genteel woman like? In this lively and controversial book, Amanda Vickery invokes women’s own accounts of their intimate and their public lives to argue that in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries the scope of female experience did not diminish—in fact, quite the reverse. Refuting the common understanding that in Georgian times the daughters of merchants, the wives of lawyers, and the sisters of gentlemen lost female freedoms and retreated into their homes, Vickery shows that these women experienced expanding social and intellectual horizons. As they embraced a world far beyond the boundaries of their own parishes through their tireless writing and ravenous reading, genteel women also enjoyed an array of emerging new public arenas—assembly rooms, concert series, theater seasons, circulating libraries, day-time lectures, urban walks, and pleasure gardens.
Based on the letters, diaries, and account books of over one hundred women from commercial, professional, and gentry families, this book transforms our understanding of the position of women in Georgian England. In their own words, they tell of their sometimes humorous, sometimes moving experiences and desires, and of their many roles, including kinswoman, wife, mother, housekeeper, consumer, hostess, and member of polite society. By the nineteenth century, family duties continued to dominate women’s lives, yet, Vickery contends, the public profile of privileged women had reached unprecedented heights.
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Read information about the authorAmanda Vickery is a British historian and television presenter.
She graduated from the former Bedford College, London (now part of Royal Holloway, University of London) where she completed her PhD in Modern History.
Presently, Vickery is professor of Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London and has held academic posts at Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of York. Her academic interests encompass the Late Modern period from the seventeenth century to the present with a strong emphasis on the Georgian period in England.
She has written widely on social history, literature, the history of romance and the home, politics, law and crime with an emphasis on women's studies and feminism.
In 1998 she published her first book 'The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England', for which she received the Whitfield prize, the Wolfton History prize and the Longman-History Today prize.
In 2006 she co-edited 'Gender, Taste, and Material Culture in Britain and North America, 1700-1830'.
In 2009, Vickery authored Behind 'Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England' to wide critical acclaim.