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

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

Book Title: Victorians Undone : Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum

Author: Emily Midorikawa

Format: Hardback | 432 pages

Publication Date: 26 Jan 2017

ISBN-13: 9780007548361

`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 BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE BOOK OF THE YEAR




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.