A Circle of Sisters

A Circle of Sisters

Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne-Jones, Agnes Poynter and Louisa Baldwin

Book - 2005 | 1st American ed
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the lives and influences of the four MacDonald sisters of nineteenth-century Britain, citing their origins in the poorly educated lower-middle class, their identities as the wives or mothers of famous artists and leaders, and the social changes that enabled their achievements. 10,000 first printing.

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The four McDonald sisters were wives or mothers of famous men in Victorian England. London-based writer Flanders presents a joint biography of them that emphasizes family ties, an important element of people's lives that she says male-based biographies pay too little attention to. The 2001 British edition was nominated for the Guardian first book award. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
The Macdonald sisters - Alice, Georgiana, Agnes and Louisa - started life precariously stationed in the teeming ranks of the lower-middle class. They were denied the advantage of a traditional education, or the expectation of social advancement. Yet, as wives and mothers, they were to connect a famous painter, a president of the Royal Academy, a prime minister and a poet. Georgiana and Agnes married, respectively, Edward Burne-Jones and Edward Poynter; Louisa gave birth to Stanley Baldwin, whilst Alice was the mother of Rudyard Kipling.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2005
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 0393052109
Branch Call Number: 920.720941 FLA
Characteristics: xxiii, 392 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm


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ser_library Aug 26, 2010

I recommend Circle of Sisters to all who are interested in women, in the 19th century, in history, in life.. a wonderful book.

Lots of interesting writing on Rudyard Kipling (Ruddy) and the Methodist Church.

Wonderful portrait of London life.


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