Wives of Fame

Wives of Fame

Here are portraits of three very different Victorian women, all of whom married men of exceptional talent, energy and genius. To be the wife of such frenetic, explosive characters as David Livingstone, Karl Marx or Charles Darwin, especially at this period in history, demanded rare qualities. Yet the late twentieth-century view of these women is perhaps best summed up in the frequently heard comment: 'I didn't know he had a wife.'

The mid-nineteenth century was a… (more)

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

Collection: Bloomsbury Reader

Page count: 336 pages

Language: English


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