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Marriage of Inconvenience (Reprint) (Paperback) (Robert Brownell)

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What really happened in the most scandalous love triangle of the 19th century—impotence and pubic hair, money and power, or something else, which until now has been suppressed?Effie Gray was an innocent victim of a male-dominated society, repressed and mistreated. Or was she? John Ruskin, the greatest art critic and social reformer of his time, was a callous misogynist and upholder of the patriarchy. Or was he? John Everett Millais, boy genius, rescued the heroine from the tyrannical clutches of the husband who left his wedding unconsummated for six years. Or did he? What really happened in the most scandalous love triangle of the 19th century? Was it all about impotence and pubic hair? Or was it about money, power, and freedom? If so, whose? And what possibilities were there for these young people caught in a world racked by social, financial, and political turmoil? The accepted story of the Ruskin marriage has never lost its fascination. History books, novels, television series, operas, and now a star-filled film by Emma Thompson have all followed this standard line. It seems to offer an easy take on the Victorians and how we have moved on. But the story isn't true. InMarriage of Inconvenience Robert Brownell uses extensive documentary evidence—much of it never seen before, and much of it hitherto suppressed—to reveal a story no less fascinating and human, no less illuminating about the Victorians, and far more instructive about our own times, than the myths that have grown up about the most notorious marriage of the 19th century.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 597
Genre: History, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Historical, Modern / 19th Century
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Author: Robert Brownell
Language: English
Street Date: November 1, 2015
TCIN: 50108478
UPC: 9781843680963
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-5598

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