"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."—KirkusFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Born in Montreal in 1942, ELIZABETH ABBOTT
is a writer, lecturer and historian whose interests range across women's issues, social justice, the humane treatment of animals, and the environment. She holds a doctorate from McGill University in 19th century history. With the 2010 publication of A History of Marriage
, Abbott completed her trilogy about human relationships, which includes the previous titles A History of Celibacy
and A History of Mistresses
. Abbott is also the author of several books and articles on the culture and politics of Haiti. Sugar: A Bittersweet History
, inspired by her Antiguan heritage, was short-listed for the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. Abbott has lived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and now resides in Toronto.