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The Benevolence of Manners: Recapturing the Lost Art of Gracious Victorian Living Paperback – May 5, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (May 5, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060987456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060987459
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,249,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Linda S. Lichter is co-director of the Center for Media and Public Affairs in Washington D.C. With her husband, Bob Lichter, she has co-authored The Media Elite and Watching America, and she has written for The Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, The New York Times, and other publications.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 2000
It was wonderful to discover that a woman traveling alone in Victorian America could do so without fear of molestation. In our enlightened era, we can't do that today at High Noon! They must have been doing something right, those Victorians. After reading this book, I don't see how any woman could bristle at a man holding a door open for her. Some still do, thank God and I'm ALWAYS grateful! The most important message in the book for me was that everyone should strive to be a better person in everyway. Amen to that!!!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1999
Those were the days!... when boys were raised to be honorable men and a man who was rude to a woman would be shunned.
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This book makes you sad. Well, it made me sad. She writes a backwards-view indictment of today's lifestyles by comparing it to the rich tapestry of Victorian manners. Gone are the days of ladies first, gone are the days of communicating in subtle ways with flowers and the flutter of a fan, and we are in the age of the freaking Kardashians and butt hanging out pants and 5 year olds swearing like sailors. Today's world of non-civility is ugly, as ugly as people honoring swamp people and alligator hunters and celebrities who are famous for being famous. We would not have a man stand between us and the curb to spare us from road spray, or send the proper kind of flower for the sentiment, not the cheapest bouquet in the grocery store. How much we have lost by having Howard Stern and Joan Rivers and Chelsea Handler and sex tapes and gangster talk and the wars against women and the glorification of the grotesque. Back in those days you could have 12 children because you had no choice, but not so you could get your own Octomom tv show or 99 kids and counting. Your dirty laundry was kept inside the home, not sold to the tabloids. How low we have sunk as a culture. It's not that we need to go back to being Puritans with scarlet letters, but back to the age of chivalry and decency and honor and comportment. How do we get that back?
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I had a great time reading this book. I only wish there had been more practical information on how to proceed on bringing back the charm of Victorian living to our daily lives.
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