- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (October 11, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500518386
- ISBN-13: 978-0500518380
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bitten by Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Nineteenth-Century Home 1st Edition
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- The Wall Street Journal
“Fascinating… Perhaps the ultimate answer as to why arsenic-laced wallpaper continued to proliferate the market for so long lies in their undeniable aesthetic appeal. Dangerously beautiful yes, but with an allure that stands the test of time―and should serve as an enduring warning for all.”
“Tells the story of the extensive use of arsenic in the 19th century [and] includes pictures of objects and artworks made from substances that incorporated arsenic, and advertisements for arsenic-filled products for Victorian women, such as soap with a doctor’s certificate to ensure its harmlessness.”
- The Atlantic.com
“An unnerving account of an unexpected killer in the elaborately decorated homes of Victorian England: arsenic-laced wallpaper…The book’s gorgeous wallpaper facsimiles give no hint of their toxicity; they beautifully evoke Victorian style with their ornate patterns and rich, vivid colors, illustrating why these papers, and specifically their green shades, were so popular.”
- Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Lucinda Dickens Hawksley is the author of three biographies of Victorian artists: Lizzie Siddal, Kate Perugini (née Dickens), and Princess Louise. Lucinda is a regular lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery in London.