15 décembre 2009

What Jane Austen ate and Charles Dickens knew, Daniel Pool

From Fox Hunting to Whist - the Facts of Daily Life in 19th-Century EnglandFor the reader approaching nineteenth English literature for the first time, it is likely to be most useful as a reference. The inclusion in the glossary of many words whose meaning hasn't changed appreciably since last century — "diocese", "mastiff", and "rank", for example — is a little odd. Combined with repeated explanation of the difference between the American and British use of "first floor", it suggests that the... [Lire la suite]
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