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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
  • Author: Daniel Pool
  • ISBN: 9780671793371
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Hardcover

  • This is not a history book, and not a collection of dry footnotes, this is a book of engaging and vivid descriptions that transport you to nineteenth century England and reveals the facets of daily life as Dickens, Austen and Trollope and their readers experienced them.
    Daniel Pool
    Daniel Pool has spent most of his adult life teaching and practicing law in New York City His first book, What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew Simon Schuster, 1993 has sold than 80,000 copies It was an alternate selection of the Book of the Month Club, QualityPaperback Book Club, and the History Book Club, as is his second book, Dickens Fur Coat and Charlotte s Unanswered Letters HarperCollins, Spring 1997 He lives in New York City.


    Commentaires:

    matthew
    i love shit like this. nothing pleases me more than to know the proper table setting for a victorian outdoor tea (though you wouldn't know it to watch me eat). regardless of that, sadly, this book (which i read immediately before it) did not help me understand what the damned peasants in "the return of the native" were saying, and, then, spark notes ruined that work for me, as detailed in my review, thereof. hardy might have been proud of that sentence, tho'. but that's all to the side. if you w [...]

    Susan
    It's not exactly everything one needs to know about nineteenth-century England, but it does a fine job at hitting upon most of the little knowledge gaps that can crop up for modern readers of Dickens, Hardy, Trollope, Austen, and their contemporaries. Particularly devoted readers of such Brit Lit may be surprised at how many times they are struck with a sense of dawning clarity and realization as they peruse this book---whether by the discovery of the name and rules of the card game Rawdon Crawl [...]

    Linda
    Covering the span of 19th century England, the author shared bits and pieces of what life would have been like if you lived back then. All I knew is that as a woman, I very much appreciate living now. Pretty much, if you were not a member of the peerage and/or royalty, you had a difficult life. And even then, nobility had a very controlled life; many things were expected of them. No wonder it was so easy to fall out with the ton!Water, roads, sewerage and the air were, for the most part, deplora [...]

    Gail
    Sooo.wanna know who's who in the hierarchy of the Anglican church (you need this if you read Trollope, my little sweetie)? Would ya like to learn all those card games they played way back when people actually faced one another IN PERSON when playing a game? Care about old food, fashion, and social customs? Then this is the book for you. A great browser for when nothing suits and all is vile in litrachuah. I just loved this and wish I still had my copy.

    Kate
    I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and I enjoy reading the works of Charles Dickens. Emma, would be my favorite works of Jane Austen. I know most people enjoy and would say Pride and Prejudice, but Emma is more up my alley. As far as the works of Charles Dickens, I would have to say A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations and David Copperfield. What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew is a very informative book on the lives of those living in England in the 19th. The author, Daniel Pool though, m [...]

    Marsha
    What is a lord chancellor? What, exactly, was a pound worth? How much weight was a “stone”? Is a peer a hereditary or bestowed title? Which of society members constitutes a peerage? Give up? This is a comprehensive—at times almost staggeringly so—look at what life was like for the highborn and lowborn living in 19th-century England. It’s mainly a sort of glossary about those parts of novels written during this time that might baffle modern day readers but which would have been obvious [...]

    K.M. Weiland
    I loved this book from the moment I read its title. It's a jolly delightful look at perhaps the most popular century ever. And the best part? It pays high tribute to the classic novels of the era - including Austen, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy and more. As a lover of all these authors, as well as the period in general, the book offered up one delight after another.As other reviewers have noted, it does grow repetitious (sometimes word for word) in areas, but I suspect this is to make it more useful fo [...]

    Rebekah
    Very enlightening.

    Faith Rivens
    A brilliant little resource and one I look forward to making good use of in the near future. Fun and informative with a priceless glossary. If you're looking for a rounded glimpse of the 19th century, consider your search to be at an end.

    Emma Rose Ribbons
    What a wonderful read! Even though this was the third book on Victorian England that I read this month, this one did have a lot of information the other two didn't, especially to do with specific 19th century vocabulary. It's very obviously intended for an American audience but I learnt a lot. One of the best books on the topic, to be sure, and the writing flows really easily since there's just the right amount of quotes and commentary.

    Alicia Riley
    To start off with this was a gift from a friend. That being said.What Jane Austen Ate is good book that gives bit and pieces of life in 19 century England with their confusing currency, etiquette , fashion, law and how life was different between nobility and the working poor. Great starting point if you looking books about life in 19 century England.

    Mariah
    "The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there".- quote from novel, the Go-Betweens. The past is "foreign" enough to modern Brits, but even more so to those of us across the pond.For anyone who has read Victorian-era British novels or watched film adaptations and been confused by some of the customs and cultural references made by the characters- this book is a godsend. The authors of these novels wrote assuming their audience would know things like social hierachy, ettiquette, [...]

    Nancy (essayist)
    I was expecting more from this book. I knew it wasn't a scholarly treatise, but it bothered me that there was so little acknowledgement of the sources for the pronouncements here. It was also annoying that the author would sometimes reveal key details of the fictional works he referred to, along the lines of this kind of thing: "Prisons were quite grim places at the time as we see in So and So's great novel where the main character dies alone and peniless in prison." Uh, guess I won't bother rea [...]

    Jen
    This was a hoot.This is the book I needed to read for a while, just to grok all of that stuff I was reading in Austen and Trollope and know what they were talking about--like money and dances and social rules.I even read the glossary (which is half the book almost) straight through. At times, that was a chore, though, so I can't recommend that approach.However, if you love classic 18th century lit and wonder "why are they asking her for the first two dances?" and "what's the big deal about being [...]

    Wealhtheow
    Over 400 pages of definitions, facts, and glosses for the most alien aspects of 1800s England. And there are a lot of them! The nineteenth century saw the birth of much of what we think of as unremarkable necessities of civilization: a police force, basic schooling for all children, a national mail systemThis is truly a fascinating read, and one I highly recommend for anyone reading regency or Victorian-era literature.

    Melissa McShane
    I'm not sure what to make of this. I found a mistake that suggested the author was depending on the wrong sources, which made me wonder about other possible inaccuracies, which in turn ruined my enjoyment of the book (and since I was reading it as research, I was doubly disappointed). A good starting point, but it might be a good idea to check anything you really need to know with another source.

    Peter
    I like what I read so far in this book; however, I haven't yet finished it, and unfortunately must move on to something else. For me, this is less a book to read from cover to cover and more of a reference to use when reading 19th C. English fiction. Or, dare I say it, a book to keep in the bathroom to read a little at a time.

    Doreen
    Good for general reading, but the author mixes the Victorian and the Regency eras together -- that's a 100 year spread. If you're looking for research, look elsewhere.

    Marnie
    A nice companion piece to historical fiction set in 19th century England. I was surprised how much I actually knew but it was a fun book to skim.

    Matilda
    For a victorianist and lover of Victorian novels this is a gem. Almost everything is quick and fascinating to read, admittedly the author sometimes lost me with his long discussions on the difference bewteen surgeons and physicians, barristers and lawyers. I liked that he choose examples from well-known novels (nevertheless his disregard for Elizabeth Gaskell is quite beyond me) and quoted them to show the reality that laid beyond the words.The writing is engaging minus the sometimes confused an [...]

    Malinda
    As a readers companion, I found this book so helpful and interesting! It has brought a new level of understanding to so many of my favorite books!

    Aubrey
    This was more encyclopedic than I had expected, but it was still very interesting and very helpful in establishing a context for the novels of the 1800s.

    Tristram
    What Noah Claypole Had to Do as an Informer, and a Lot of Other ThingsReading Oliver Twist, I was always at a loss as when I came to the following passage:”Mr. Noah Claypole, receiving a free pardon from the Crown in consequence of being admitted approver against Fagin, and considering his profession not altogether as safe a one as he could wish: was, for some little time, at a loss for the means of a livelihood, not burdened with too much work. After some consideration, he went into business [...]

    Black Elephants
    You all know my weakness for a book with Jane Austen's name in the title, so when I came across What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew, the double whammy decided my reading for the week.The book is by Daniel Pool, but it is not anything more than a reference book divided into subsections of "Public Life," "Country Life," "Private Life," etc. Each subsection has chapters that address their theme. For instance, "Private Life" has chapters about sex, marriage, clothing, pudding and evil spir [...]

    Gwen
    I've been reading this with my recent attempts at catching up on Victorian classics, and it has been a marvelous companion piece so far. Most of the webpages out there which provide notes for Victorian classics tend to focus more on themes or symbolism, which might be useful for people who are being tested in a class on the material, but doesn't help at all when the sort of questions I'm having about the material as a casual reader are more along the lines of "What sort of courtship/marriage sys [...]

    CatBookMom
    2016 - Re-reading for a Pride & Prejudice RAL2015 - Having waited for a price drop to below $10 on the Kindle edition, I have to say I am disappointed. Perhaps having read a few other, somewhat similar books, like Georgette Heyer's Regency World, I expected more than this book really offered. First off, this is much more focused on the latter half of the 1800s than the Jane Austen/Regency era. Most of the references to literary cites and characters are to books by Dickens, Trollope and that [...]

    Meg
    What I learned:1. Men could auction off their wives. Also, the wives were made to wear harnesses when this happened.2. "Picking oakum" is pulling apart ropes, originally used as ships' caulking, but then just as punishment.3. Women being presented to the queen had to wear feathers and have bare neck and shoulders.4. Tea leaves were recycled in some disgusting ways. So were horses.5. Men wore leather pants.6. Children were sometimes lured into dark alleys so that their clothes could be stolen.The [...]

    M.A. Nichols
    I have a hard time rating this one. On the one hand, I thought it was really interesting. It's a nice, general peek behind the 19th century curtain to get a better understanding of the life during that time. It's surprising how much I enjoyed it, and it gave a new depth of understanding to some of my favorite classic novels. However, too often, he didn't delineate between whether it applied to life in the early century or closer to the 1900's. Sometimes he did, but most times he didn't, and a lo [...]

    Peter
    If you want very detailed information on a specific aspect of Victorian life then this book is not for you. If, however, you want an interesting, often quirky look at a host of Victorian conventions, eccentricities and a wonderfully succinct Glossary of Terms then this is a wonderful book for your shelf.I have enjoyed reading Victorian novels for decades, but this book could still fill in some gaps of information and re-paint some faded corners of my memory. One of the most enjoyable aspects of [...]

    Robert
    Anyone who has lived or spent a number of years in England and is reasonably well-read will find few surprises in this book, but the detail and the entertaining writing and illustrations make it worth reading. I recommend this book to all those who enjoy Austen, Brontë, Dickens, Gaskell, Thackeray and Victorian England in general.Surprises for me were discovering that half of America (along with China) apparently forbids first cousin marriage and that marriage banns are unknown in the USA.[I ha [...]

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