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In Two Volumes. London: Macmillan (titles are cancels), 1863. Uniformly bound in Original green cloth, gilt lettered, ruled in gilt and blind, with the "Macmillan&Co. / 1863" in gilt at the bottom of each spine. These were originally published by John W. Parker - these are the Parker sheets with Macmillan titles, a half-title, and dedication leaf inserted. Colbeck, quoting Macmillan’s Bibliographic Catalogue, 1891, notes that Parker sent “copies of parts” to Macmillan in May, 1863. (Colbeck, v.2, p.643). Macmillan’s Bibliographic Catalogue (p.106) asserts that Macmillan did not produce its own electrotype plates until 1865. Volume 1 contains "The Betrothal" and "The Espousals"; volume 2 contains "Faithful Forever" and "The Victories of Love" . The Betrothal and The Espousals were published anonymously in 1854 and 1856; Faithful Forever and Victories of Love came out with attribution in 1860 and 1863, respectively, Inspired by the author's wife, Emily, The Angel in the House celebrated in verse the ideal woman, her marriage, and domestic happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson gave a copy of The Espousals to his brother's wife, Susan (Mrs. William Emerson), in 1856. When he learned that his friend Patmore was the author, he wrote to him (May 5, 1856): "I think there never was so sudden a public formed for itself by any poem as fast as here exists for ‘the Angel in the House’..….I give you joy and thanks as the maker of this beautiful poem….". There were good contemporary reviews and many reprints, but posterity has been unkind to Patmore. Perhaps unfairly, succeeding generations would hold up the "The Angel" as an example of the oppressed Victorian woman, victimized by her paternalistic society. Virginia Woolf read a paper to the Women’s Service League in 1931, asserting that “Killing the ‘Angel in the House’ is part of the occupation of a woman writer…..She sacrificed herself daily. If there was chicken, she took the leg. If there was a draught, she sat in it….she never had a mind or a wish of her own.” (“Professions for Women”, not printed until The Death of the Moth, 1942). Patmore's "Angel" has been the subject of many recent gender studies. Light rubbing at spine ends. Volume 2 entirely unopened. Lightly rubbed at the top, a little frayed at the bottoms of the spines. In v.1 a chip out of the front free endpaper, rear endpapers beginning to crack. A Very Good copy
Title: The Angel in the House.
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