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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609800885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609800888
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,224,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Elizabeth Abbott has penned a masterpiece...a wide-ranging account of how the social intersects with many forms of the personal."—Ahmad Saidullah, author of Happiness and Other Disorders

"Deftly shows how this always fragile, yet always resilient institution has evolved. It's not always a pretty picture but it's a fascinating one."—Judith Timson, author of Family Matters

"No thoughtful person—married, celibate, unfaithful or otherwise—should be without this book."—Mark Kingwell, author of The World We Want

"This book is like taking a centuries-long, world-wide trip down a petal-strewn aisle, and I loved it. If you enjoy a good wedding, are first in line to dance The Hora, or you've divorced yourself from boring reads, then find A History of Marriage."—Long Island Pulse

"[A History of Marriage] weaves stories and facts in a kind of loosely fluid narrative that makes pleasant reading. The author has a flair for sweetening the facts with her palatable style."—Kirkus


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About the Author

ELIZABETH ABBOTT is a writer, lecturer and historian with a special interest in women's issues, social justice, the treatment of animals, and the environment. She has a doctorate from McGill University in 19th century history. Her most recent book, A History of Marriage, completes her trilogy about human relationships following A History of Celibacy and A History of Mistresses. A History of Marriage was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Her previous book, Sugar: A Bittersweet History, inspired by her Antiguan heritage, was short-listed for the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. Born in Montreal, she has lived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and now resides in Toronto. She is a grandmother and owns three dogs.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By France Kassing on June 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A history of marriage takes us on an engaging romp through civilization's quest for a social construct which will contribute to growth while conforming to the mores of the day. Richly described examples taken from archives speak to the dedication of the author. I love historians who can paint such vivid images, don't you? It is also refreshing to see Canadian history alongside that of its bigger and more powerful neighbor. A History of Marriage provides an engaging, and ultimately hopeful, read. Through the centuries, the human race seems to have sought a greater equality which may ultimately prove to be our salvation. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain perspective in these ideologically polarized times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Perz on May 20, 2014
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...but still useful. I am interested in the issue of how/when marriage became transformed into a legal institution controlled by the State as opposed to a purely private/religious institution. This book wasn't especially helpful on that topic but was informative generally. I would recommend simply just because there doesn't seem to be much scholarly work out there on the history of marriage.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By intrigued on January 7, 2014
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This was a very interesting reading about the broad history of marriage from antiquity to present. Abbott covers the social norms and concepts of marriage throughout the epochs and touches on a few issues relevant to marriage.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gabrielle Jones on November 17, 2013
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Too technical. I wanted and expected more of the soul of the thing called marriage.
The soul of the thing called marriage.
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