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Parallel Lives

Five Victorian Marriages

Phyllis Rose Sheila Heti



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01 May 2020
Biography; Biography: arts & entertainment; Biography: literary
In Parallel Lives, Phyllis Rose examines five famous Victorian marriages. Raising questions about the politics of sex and the expectations of marriage, she probes inherited myths and assumptions. Of the five marriages - or parallel lives - explored here, that of John Ruskin and Effie Gray was unconsummated, those of Thomas Carlyle and Jane Welsh and John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor were almost certainly chaste, the Dickenses marriage degenerated into melodrama and the liaison between George Eliot and G.H. Lewes, which scandalised London society, was the happiest of the lot.
By:   Phyllis Rose
Introduction by:   Sheila Heti
Imprint:   DAUNT
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
ISBN:   9781911547525
ISBN 10:   1911547526
Pages:   360
Publication Date:   01 May 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Phyllis Rose is the author of Woman of Letters: A Life of Virginia Woolf, Jazz Cleopatra, The Year of Reading Proust: A Memoir in Real Time, The Shelf: From LEQ to LES, and other noted works of biography and criticism. She is professor of English at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

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