"This is by far the best account we have of elite Victorian attitudes toward dying and death....[It is] a book rich in telling detail, sensitive to its subjects, a very important contribution to a growing literature on death and dying."--Victorian Studies
."..in both depth and breadth this is a valuable contribution to Victorian social history, revealing the rich diversities and intriguing implications in the social construction of a universal and inevitable physiological process."--American Historical Review
"Well conceived, organized, and written..."--Choice
"This book deserves a wide audience for its thoughtful and thoroughly professional approach to a topic of vital contemporary concern and interest."--The Catholic Historical Review
This is a fascinating book, considering a very interesting topic at what ... is the period of our history which it finds its most enlightening form. Its strength lies in its detail and the picture of individual lives that it creates. This is a welcome addition to the history of the period. ( PW.)
Pat Jalland's research is impressive, drawing on a vast range of resources taken from the archives of 55 Victorian and Edwardian families. ( PW.)
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