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Victorians Undone by Kathryn Hughes

Victorians Undone

Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum

Kathryn Hughes

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Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Fourth Estate Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 25 Jan 2018
ISBN: 9780007548385

`Victorians Undone is the most original history book I have read in a long while' Daily Mail A SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR * AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR A groundbreaking account of what it was like to live in a Victorian body from one of our best historians. A groundbreaking account of what it was like to live in a Victorian body from one of our best historians. Why did the great philosophical novelist George Eliot feel so self-conscious that her right hand was larger than her left? Exactly what made Darwin grow that iconic beard in 1862, a good five years after his contemporaries had all retired their razors? Who knew Queen Victoria had a personal hygiene problem as a young woman and the crisis that followed led to a hurried commitment to marry Albert?

3 stars out of 5
21 Jan 2017

"Hughes is never less than intelligent and industrious"

Hughes is never less than intelligent and industrious, especially when it comes to the Pre-Raphaelite muse Fanny Cornforth, where her research offers a far more nuanced portrait than the one-dimensional tart of earlier biographers. However, at times her book suffers both from the constraints imposed by its narrow biographical focus, and by its timidity with regard to available materials...In the end Victorians Undone, for all its energy and brio, adds up to less than the sum of its body parts.

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