New York, NY : HarperCollins, 2001. Cloth. With dustjacket. Hardbound. 8vo. 441 pp. (A very good copy). (booknr: 25722). Buchnummer des Verkäufers
A woman coming of age today has good reason to wonder what marriage will mean to her. Certainly, it will no longer imply that her husband will provide for her, as an ability to earn a living is commonly expected of both men and women. Also, marriage will no longer offer a woman a unique gateway into sexual and domestic pleasures, since premarital cohabitation has long ago ceased to be a taboo. Marriage will not be a woman's indispensable passage to motherhood -- up to 40 percent of American first babies are being born out of wedlock. And, since one in two marriages will end in divorce, it will no longer guarantee a woman permanent protection in a world that has traditionally been unkind to unmarried women.
In this atmosphere of high ambiguity, it is instructive to look to the past, to see what it meant to be a wife from the earliest days of civilization to the present, and to explore how the contemporary wife came into being.
From the perspective of modern marriage, the distinguished cultural historian Marilyn Yalom charts the evolution of marriage in the judeo christian world through the centuries and shows how radical that collective change has been. For example, how did marriage, considered a religious duty in medieval Europe, become a venue for personal fulfillment in contemporary America? How did the notion of romantic love, a novelty in the Middle Ages, become a prerequisite for marriage today? And, if the original purpose of marriage was procreation, what exactly is the purpose of marriage for women now?
A History of the Wife is a study of laws, religious practices, social customs, economic patterns, and political consciousness that have affected generations of wives: in ancient Greece, where daughters were given by fathers to husbands to create legitimate offspring; in medieval Europe, where marriage was infused with religious meaning; during the Reformation and the Age of Enlightenment, when ideals of companionate marriage came to the fore; and in twentieth century America, where a new model of spousal relationships emerged.
This rich, lucid chronicle of the turning points in a History of the Wife includes unforgettable stories about married women who have rebelled against the conventions of their times, from Marjorie Kempe to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, from Heloise to Margaret Sanger. Drawing extensively from diaries, memoirs, and letters, A History of the Wife also pays tribute to the ordinary wives who over the centuries changed with and against the currents they encountered, quietly affecting the legal, personal, and social meaning of marriage.
For any woman who is, has been, or ever will be married, this intellectually vigorous and gripping historical analysis of marriage sheds new light on an institution most people take for granted, and that may, in fact, be experiencing its most convulsive upheaval since the Reformation.
Rezension: The cultural historian who gave us A History of the Breast takes stock of the wife from her conception by the Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans to her 20th-century manifestation as the New Woman. Beginning with the charter myth for the Judeo-Christian wife (Adam and Eve), Marilyn Yalom explains the religious, legal, and social practices of ancient civilizations that provided the template for the idea of wife as property of and subservient to her husband, with a role limited to mother and housekeeper. What she discovers is that the recent transformation of wifehood from sexless stay-at-home dependent to sexy supermom is actually the distillation of changes that have been going on for a long time, say a couple of thousand years. In fact, what makes Yalom's passage through time so fascinating is the steady rise and fall and rise again of the status of the wife and her struggle for greater autonomy. There are plenty of surprises: the first reciprocal marriages were actually had in Roman times; divorce became popular around the same time that monogamy was instituted; and while it's true that Puritans punished adultery harshly, it was they who brought the concepts of mutual love and lovemaking (other than for procreation) to America. The growing tension between women's impulses towards emancipation and the reaction against it was a quickly repeating theme in the 20th century, best exemplified by a WWII ad of a working woman pledging to "guard every bit of Beauty that he cherishes in me."
The wives in this revelatory genealogy resonate with the aid of illuminating stories and the lively voices found in letters and diaries. Through these, Yalom lithely demonstrates that the fantasy of the selfless devoted wife has always had an ineluctable twin, the archetypal powerful woman--and vice versa. While college women in the 1970s may have declared that "the idea that a woman's place is in the home is nonsense," Yalom points out that society still acts like every breadwinner has a stay-at-home wife, and the anxieties that are raised in advice columns today are not that different from those a hundred years ago. Greater independence and equality have not, as feared, led to the abandonment of the marital institution, nor many of the issues that haunt it. --Lesley Reed
Titel: A history of the wife.
Buchbeschreibung John Lane, 1915. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. 1915. 224 pages. No dust jacket. Red cloth with black lettering.B&W illustrations throughout. Clean pages. Some internal hinge cracks. Mild foxing and tanning to endpapers and page edges. Previous owner's inscription scribbled out on front paste down.Mild wear to spine, board edges and corners. Mild sunning to spine. Mild scuffing and marking to boards. book. Artikel-Nr. 1450383227JML
Buchbeschreibung John Lane, 1915. 1st edition.. Cloth, G+. siv+224pp+16pp publishers catalogue, b/w frontis, 16 b/w plates, index, rather foxed, pages partly un-opened, cloth a little grubby, rubbed & bumped. A biography of the Spanish nobleman Martín de Gurrea y Aragón [ 1521 - 1586 ] who, at the Spanish court made friends with the future Philip II of Spain, travelling with him when he travelled to England in 1554 to marry Queen Mary I. Artikel-Nr. 44683
Buchbeschreibung Thames & Hudson Press, 2006. Schutzumschlag mit leichten Gebrauchsspuren, insgesamt SEHR GUTER Zustand! viele Abbildungen Englisch 1110g Gr. 8° (22,5-25 cm), Hardcover mit Schutzumschlag. Artikel-Nr. 75720
Buchbeschreibung London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1876. Format: 15,5 x 23 cm, 1. engl. Ausgabe. XII,480 Seiten mit einem seidenpapiergeschützten gestochenen Porträt sowie einem gefalteten faksimilierten Brief. Fest gebunden in weinroten Orig. Leinen, mit schwarz- und goldgepr. Dekor und Titelei. Getönte Vorsätze. Unbeschnittener Kopfschnitt (dieser angestaubt); Kopf- & Seitenschnitt durchgehend unaufgeschnitten (!). Hervorragend erhaltenes, ungelesenes Exemplar. Sammlungswürdig. * Die vorl. Ausgabe in der Übersetzung von Mrs. Cashel Hoey ist die 1. englischsprachige Edition des 1875 auf französisch erschienenen Grundlagenwerks. ** Basierend auf Briefen & Dokumenten, z.T. durch Fußnoten erschlossen. *** Desmoulins, eine der Leitfiguren der französischen Revolution & unsprüngl. Anhänger der radikalen Linie , rückte später davon ab und wurde nach der Verurteilung durch (seinen Trauzeugen) Robespierre am 5. April 1794 gemeinsam mit Danton und seinen Parteigängern hingerichtet. Acht Tage später wurde Lucile Desmoulins der Verschwörung angeklagt und starb ebenfalls unter der Guillotine. 19. JAHRHUNDERT. Artikel-Nr. 27164
Buchbeschreibung Published by S. & A. Davis, London, 1818. , 158 pages, illustrated with 5 black and white woodcuts (including frontispiece), part of the Juvenile Library Series, printed by J. Jordan First Edition , slight wear to spine and boards, endpapers with previous owners drawings, internally text clear but with pages tanned and with minor foxing throughout, good condition , quarter green calf and paper, gilt rules and title on spine, in sixes, 14 x 9 cms Hardback ISBN: Artikel-Nr. 65518
Buchbeschreibung Routledge/Thoemmes Press, 1996. gebundene Ausgabe. Buchzustand: Gut. Die hier angebotenen Bände stammen aus einer teilaufgelösten wissenschaftlichen Bibliothek und tragen die entsprechenden Kennzeichnungen (Rückenschild, Instituts-Stempel.). Schnitt und Einband sind etwas staubschmutzig; der Buchzustand ist ansonsten ordentlich und dem Alter entsprechend gut; KOMPLETTPREIS für 6 Bände; bei Versand ins Ausland erfragen Sie bitte zuerst die Versandkosten; ENGLISCH! Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 3100. Artikel-Nr. 1309678
Buchbeschreibung London: Jonathan Cape/Eyre Methuen/Faber and Faber Ltd./Cassell & Company Ltd., 1929 - 1952, 1929. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Wie neu. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Wie neu. 1. Auflage. 1. Good-Bye To All That - An Autobiography. London: Jonathan Cape, 1929. First Edition, Fifth Printing. Apart from the heavily discoloured boards, a very good copy. An original order form entitled "War" for books by Graves, Hemingway, Voigt, Gristwood and Cummings laid in. 2. Claudius The God and his wife Messalina (1934). London: Eyre Methuen Ltd., 1976. Second Edition, Tenth Printing. A near fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 3. The Long Week-End - A Social History of Great Britain 1918-1939. Written by Robert Graves and Alan Hodge. London: Faber and Faber Ltd., 1940. First Edition, Second Printing (1941). A very good copy. 4. Poems (1938-1945). London: Cassell & Company Ltd., 1946. First Edition, First Printing. A near fine copy. 5. The White Goddess. London: Faber and Faber Ltd., 1948. First Edition, Third Printing (amended and enlarged, 1952). A near fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 6. Seven Days in New Crete - A Novel. London: Cassell & Company Ltd., 1949. First Edition, First Printing. Apart from the heavily discoloured boards, a near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Price for the collection: 400. Please note that due to size and weight we will have to charge additional postage. Artikel-Nr. 013050