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Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum电子书

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作       者:Kathryn Hughes

出  版  社:Fourth Estate

出版时间:2017-01-26

字       数:71.4万

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‘Intriguing, gleefully contentious and – appropriately enough – fizzing with life, Victorians Undone is the most original history book I have read in a long while’ John Preston, Daily Mail 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? What did John Sell Cotman, a handsome drawing room operator who painted some of the most exquisite watercolours the world has ever seen, feel about marrying a woman whose big nose made smart people snigger? How did a working-class child called Fanny Adams disintegrate into pieces in 1867 before being reassembled into a popular joke, one we still reference today, but would stop, appalled, if we knew its origins? Kathryn Hughes follows a thickened index finger or deep baritone voice into the realms of social history, medical discourse, aesthetic practise and religious observance – its language is one of admiring glances, cruel sniggers, an implacably turned back. The result is an eye-opening, deeply intelligent, groundbreaking account that brings the Victorians back to life and helps us understand how they lived their lives.
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Title Page

Copyright

Dedication

Contents

Introduction: Parts and Holes

1 Lady Flora’s Belly

2 Charles Darwin’s Beard

3 George Eliot’s Hand

4 Fanny Cornforth’s Mouth

5 Sweet Fanny Adams

Acknowledgements

List of Illustrations

Picture Section

Notes

Index

Also by Kathryn Hughes

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