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Published: 26 December 2017

400 Pages | 13 in-text halftones and an 8 page plate section

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198701750

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Scents and Sensibility

Perfume in Victorian Literary Culture

Catherine Maxwell

  • A rare and fascinating account of scent and perfume availability and use in the Victorian period
  • The first book to explore nineteenth-century literature via perfume and the sense of smell
  • Canvasses a large range of British nineteenth-century poetry and prose and some early twentieth-century writers, and includes imaginative readings of both canonical and non-canonical literary texts
  • Includes a diverse and intriguing range of images including colour plates
  • Draws on a wealth of material including perfumer guides, etiquette guides, beauty manuals, advertising, diaries, letters, and biographies
  • Also studies flowers and buttonholes, soap and toiletries, aromatic jewellery, the scenting of garments and letters, and perfumed snuff and tobacco