Posted by Caroline on June 25, 1997 at 17:11:22:
In reply to Just what is the matter with the posted by Amy on June 25, 1997 at 15:17:31
] , anyway?
] I know it mingles that touchy cusp between the Regency and Victorian so it can include Dickens. And that there are inaccuracies (which?).Amy, this book worries me a lot.It makes sweeping generalisations, some of which do not bear close scrutiny, and I can find many, many things that I think are rather misleading.It seems to rely heavily on Dickens and Trollope, and not give JA her fair share.
] I did find it amusing, and I thought helpful, but don't want to be misled.It is amusing, but I would not use it as a sole refence.
] Just what seems to be the main problem -- anybody know for sure?His gives no refences other than the Literary ones!His bibliography at the back is not connected to any of the text. As a historical record, it stinks!
(From the Glossary)
"crush hat............also called an opera hat or Gibus.............."
However, a Regency Opera Hat was not the same as a Gibus, because it wasn't invented until after 1840, according to three costume books I have. So Beau Brummel's opera Hat was not one of these.
"Brighton......It was about fourty-five miles south of London."
Did they moved it.? Last time I looked at it was still about forty-five miles south of London.
Most of it's "facts" are probably correct, but I have found many that I would dispute. (Don't get me on his explanations of things agricultural and botanical, I'll have an apoplexy!)
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