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    DescriptionThe Macdonald sisters - Alice, Georgiana, Agnes and Louisa - started life among the ranks of the lower-middle classes, with little prospect of social advancement. But as wives and mothers they made a single family of the poet Rudyard Kipling, the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones, Edward Poynter, President of the Royal Academy, and the Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin. In telling their remarkable story, Judith Flanders displays the fluidity of Victorian society, and explores the life of the family in the 19th century.


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    Title
    A Circle of Sisters
    Subtitle
    Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne-Jones, Agnes Poynter and Louisa Baldwin
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Judith Flanders
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 298 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140284898
    ISBN 10: 0140284893
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: DSBF, DSK
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL, BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/19CNTY, CULT/BRITIS
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    DC21: 941.0810922
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/PREWWI, CHRN/1920
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
    DC22: 920.720941
    Thema V1.0: DNBH, DSK, NHD, DSBF
    Illustrations note
    illustrations, tables, portraits, notes, index
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    02 May 2002
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Judith Flanders is a freelance journalist and writer. This is her first book for Viking. Previously, she worked in publishing and for the National Portrait Gallery. She lives in London, NW5.
    Review quote
    "Drive[s] a four-horse chariot through the nineteenth century.... I have enjoyed this book more than I can say."
    Review text
    The four Macdonald sisters were the children of a poor Methodist minister, lacked a consistent education and yet, between them, grew up to be the wives of a famous painter (Edward Burne-Jones) and the President of the Royal Academy (Edward Poynter), and the mothers of a renowned writer (Rudyard Kipling) and a prime minister (Stanley Baldwin). At a time of some social mobility, they rose into the highest circles of national life in Victorian England. In her first book, the journalist Judith Flanders, has placed the sisters within their family and domestic context, arguing that women's actual lives have been sidelined in 'male biographies'. She shows how these young women, middle-class by the skin of their teeth, married within their social circle and, given the restricted roles for women in the Victorian era, used what power they had to bolster their husbands and children while struggling, with greater or lesser success, to channel their own talents and beliefs. Judith Flanders describes the whole social network created by the sisters, their husbands, children and grandchildren. Male relatives and friends mainly come out badly, particularly Ruskin, Byrne-Jones and Kipling with their psychological and sexual foibles, but some of the women, Janey Morris, for example, are also not spared criticism. The emphasis on women's lives enables the author to introduce social and domestic details which would be omitted from a 'male biography', such as gender roles, birth and death customs, the running of a household, shopping and childcare, as well as social and historical events which impacted on families, such as the Boer War. She skilfully interweaves all these complex strands to produce a gripping and moving narrative which includes generous quotations from letters and family papers. This is a well-written, involving and rewarding book. (Kirkus UK)