What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew

From Fox Hunting to Whist-The Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England

By Daniel Pool

Touchstone Books, Paperback, 9780671882365, 416pp.

Publication Date: April 21, 1994

Description
A "delightful reader's companion" ("The New York Times") to the great nineteenth-century British novels of Austen, Dickens, Trollope, the Brontes, and more, this lively guide clarifies the sometimes bizarre maze of rules and customs that governed life in Victorian England.
For anyone 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," this book serves as an indispensable historical and literary resource. 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.


About the Author
Daniel Pool received a doctorate in political science from Brandeis University and a law degree from Columbia University. He lives in New York City.


Praise For What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew

M.G. Lord
New York Newsday

A delightful book...indispensable to lovers of Victorian literature.


Geoffrey Stokes
The Boston Globe

Indispensable...Pool has gathered together...the facts of daily life in 19th-century England, and no one who likes an occasional dip into the period's history or literature can afford to be without it.


Glenn Giffin
The Denver Post

It's great fun reading this, and Pool has provided a valuable service.


Patrick T. Reardon
Chicago Tribune

This entertaining social history is just the ticket for Americans who like to read Dickens and other 19th-century novelists...or for anyone who likes to read histories and biographies of that era.