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What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to… (original 1993; edition 1994)

by Daniel Pool

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Title:What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-The Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England
Authors:Daniel Pool
Info:Touchstone (1994), Paperback, 416 pages
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What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool (1993)


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A must for a Dickens fiend like me -- explains so many of the vagaries of Victorian England. Those people were freakin' nuts though when it came to titles and servants and all that crap. I would not have done well there. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 24, 2014 |
Need if going to do period novels.
  ClosetWryter | Mar 3, 2014 |
Very readable. Probably a good reference for readers, but doesn't go into enough detail to be really useful for writers.

The author draws a lot of examples directly from novels (mainly Trollope, Dickens, and Hardy), and in the process he gives away some plot twists. So be careful if there are books you haven't read that you don't want to be spoiled for. ( )
1 vote thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
This is a quick slick book and is very breezy. I don't carry much away from reading this one, but it collects what a certain element in the reading public would find colourful. ( )
1 vote DinadansFriend | Sep 19, 2013 |
Not bad as a shallow overview of Victorian society, but the cute title sweeps Jane Austen into the wrong time period; this book blurs Regency and Victorian together, to the harm of the Regency. Poor organization, sweeping generalizations and the lack of citation keeps this from being a useful history text but likely of some use to the casual reader of both period and historical fiction.
2 vote Ethaisa | May 29, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0671882368, Paperback)

For every frustrated reader of the great nineteenth-century English novels of Austen, Trollope, Dickens, or the Brontës who has ever wondered whether a duke outranked an earl, when to yell "Tally Ho!" at a fox hunt, or how one landed in "debtor's prison," here is a "delightful reader's companion that lights up the literary dark" (The New York Times).

This fascinating, lively guide clarifies the sometimes bizarre maze of rules, regulations, and customs that governed everyday life in Victorian England. Author Daniel Pool provides countless intriguing details (did you know that the "plums" in Christmas plum pudding were actually raisins?) on the Church of England, sex, Parliament, dinner parties, country house visiting, and a host of other aspects of nineteenth-century English life -- both "upstairs" and "downstairs."

An illuminating glossary gives at a glance the meaning and significance of terms ranging from "ague" to "wainscoting," the specifics of the currency system, and a lively host of other details and curiosities of the day.

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Filled with lively essays and a glossary of obscure terms, this unique reference--organized by subject--is a practical and entertaining compendium of information and insight on this time of debtor prisons, bedlam, and that wonderful disease of sense and sensibility, "putrid fever". Illustrations.… (more)

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