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The Victorian Fern Craze

Author : Sarah Whittingham
ISBN : 0747807469
Genre : Science
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Fern Fever (or Pteridomania, to give it its official name), hit Britain between 1837 and 1914 and peaked between 1840 and 1890. Although in previous centuries ferns played an important role in customs and folklore, it was only in this period that they were coveted for aesthetic reasons and that man's passion for them reached its zenith. The craze for collecting ferns reached such epidemic proportions that it affected the very existence of some species. The fern craze started to gather momentum in the 1840s; books and magazines maintained that fern growing was a hobby that anyone could enjoy as ferns would grow in the glazed fernery, garden, shady yard, window box or even indoors in Wardian Cases. The mania also spread from the living plant to depicting it in architecture and the decorative arts. Even roads, villas and terraced houses were named after the fern. This book, the first to deal exclusively with the subject for nearly forty years, looks at the how the craze developed, the ways in which ferns were incorporated into garden and home, and the spread of the fern through Victorian material and visual culture.
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The Victorian Fern Craze

Author : David Elliston Allen
ISBN : CORNELL:31924003363870
Genre : History
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Category: History

Fern Fever

Author : Sarah Whittingham
ISBN : 0711230706
Genre : Gardening
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"A fascinating literary foray" - Canadian Gardening "This rarefied botanical pursuit is usually considered a British eccentricity, but Ms. Whittingham has turned up much proof that it reached American shores." - The New York Times "One of those remarkable tales you never knew you needed to read and that, once begun, you never want to put down" - Dallas Morning News Pteridomania or Fern Fever took a frantic hold in Britain from the 1840s. It was a craze fostered by an array of books and magazines and special equipment designed for fern hunting trips and the cultivation of the finds in delicate fern cases. Sarah Whittingham has searched every nook and cranny for her subject, finding ferns in splendid glazed ferneries, Pulhamite grottoes and decoratively across every imaginable surface in the Victorian home. You would sit on your Coalbrookdale 'Fern and blackberry' garden bench and sup from your Ridgway 'Maiden Hair Fern' dinner service. The industrious Victorians lavished much love and care (and knowledge) on their beautiful fern albums. This ravishing book shines a sympathetic light on an enthusiasm that looks as if it might well take hold again.
Category: Gardening

Cultures Of Natural History

Author : N. Jardine
ISBN : 0521558948
Genre : History
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The first systematic general work on recent scholarship in the history of natural history.
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Women Poets In The Victorian Era

Author : Fabienne Moine
ISBN : 9781134776603
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Examining the place of nature in Victorian women's poetry, Fabienne Moine explores the work of canonical and long-neglected women poets to show the myriad connections between women and nature during the period. At the same time, she challenges essentialist discourses that assume innate affinities between women and the natural world. Rather, Moine shows, Victorian women poets mobilised these alliances to defend common interests and express their engagement with social issues. While well-known poets such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christina Rossetti are well-represented in Moine's study, she pays particular attention to lesser known writers such as Mary Howitt or Eliza Cook who were popular during their lifetimes or Edith Nesbit, whose verse has received scant critical attention so far. She also brings to the fore the poetry of many non-professional poets. Looking to their immediate cultural environments for inspiration, these women reconstructed the natural world in poems that raise questions about the validity and the scope of representations of nature, ultimately questioning or undermining social practices that mould and often fossilise cultural identities.
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Women Poets In The Victorian Era

Author : Dr Fabienne Moine
ISBN : 9781472464774
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Exploring the place of nature in Victorian women's poetry, Fabienne Moine examines the work of canonical poets such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christina Rossetti, that of lesser-known writers such as Mary Howitt and Eliza Cook, and the verse of non-professional poets who have received little critical attention. Moine shows that these women reconstructed the natural world in poems that raise questions about the validity and the scope of cultural representations of nature, questioning the social practices that mould and fossilise cultural identities.
Category: Literary Criticism

Ferns Collins New Naturalist Library Book 74

Author : Christopher N. Page
ISBN : 9780007406616
Genre : Nature
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Ferns gives the reader an introduction to the reasons for the variety of ferns in the British Isles, as well as the history of their development within this landscape and their use by man. This edition is exclusive to
Category: Nature

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.

Kilvert S World Of Wonders

Author : John Toman
ISBN : 9780718893019
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Kilvert’s World of Wonders takes a fresh look at the Victorian era, one that does not turn away from the smoke stacks and crowded streets of popular imagining, but which sees them from the distance of the rural countryside. Though a countryman and lover of country ways, here the well know diarist is shown to be deeply stirred by what he saw as a society being changed and improved by science, technology, and by the liberal, enlightened ideas that were starting to circulate. The social changes seen by Kilvert resonated with the vision of progress that was imbued in him by his Victorian upbringing, and as a result his diaries can be seen as a response to these changes and not, as previous Kilvert scholarship suggests, as a simple record of country life. Toman’s new work goes beyond the biographical and social realities of Kilvert’s family by comparing them to almost twenty other middle-class families in order to show common factors in the familial experience of a rapidly changing society. At the heart of this re-evaluation of Kilvert’s life and times is the theme of Wonder, various aspects of which are explored throughout. Away from the rapidly growing urban centres the effects of industrialisation are seen in a surprisingly positive light by Francis Kilvert, a fervent Christian coming to terms with the encroachments that science, scepticism and secularism were making upon religious faith and yet seeing all around him a ‘world of wonders’.
Category: Biography & Autobiography