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Other People's Daughters

The Life And Times Of The Governess

Other People's Daughters by Ruth Brandon
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A rich and fascinating account of the lives of Victorian governesses, exploring nineteenth-century attitudes to women, family and class.

If a nineteenth century lady had neither a husband to support her nor money of her own, almost her only recourse was to live in someone else's household and educate their children - in particular, their daughters.

Marooned within the confines of other people's lives, neither servants nor family members, governesses occupied an uncomfortable social limbo. And being poor and insignificant, their papers were mostly lost. But a few journals and letters have come down to us, giving a vivid record of what it was to be a lone professional woman at a time when such a creature officially did not exist.

Orion Publishing Group; December 2011
ISBN 9781780222486
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Title: Other People's Daughters
Author: Ruth Brandon
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