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Good Wives? Mary, Fanny, Jennie and Me 1845-2001
Good Wives? Mary, Fanny, Jennie and Me 1845-2001
Forster, Margaret
What is a good wife? The bestselling author of Hidden Lives explores four marriages, including her own, in different times and societies to find the answer. In 1854, in Africa, Mary Moffatt became the wife of the missionary, David Livingstone - and her obedience and devotion eventually killed her. A hundred and fifteen years later, Margaret Forster married Hunter Davies and interpreted the role very differently. Between those two marriages is a huge gulf in which women's lives and the notion of marriage changed immeasurably. Forster traces the shift in emphasis from submission to partnership, first through the marriage of the unconventional American, Fanny Osbourne, to Robert Louis Stevenson in the late 19th century; and then through that of the charismatic Jennie Lee to Anuerin Bevan in the 1930s. Jennie, a politician in her own right, was never submissive, rejected all notions of inferiority, and yet she found, as does the author, that aspects of being a wife remained as problematic as ever....
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