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"Robert Francis Kilvert (1840–1879) was an English clergyman remembered for his diaries reflecting rural life in the 1870s, which were published over fifty years after his death. His diary, which paints a unique picture of country life in mid-Victorian times, has come to be recognized as a classic: its author has been compared to Dorothy Wordsworth, whom he admired, and even to Pepys. After his death from peritonitis, the diaries were edited and censored, possibly by his widow. The complete surviving diaries were destroyed, for reasons unknown, by an elderly niece who owned them, except for volumes which had been given to other people, while the original transcription was destroyed by fire in the Blitz. Kilvert also privately published pleasant but conventional poetry..."

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"FIVE STARS!!! This is an outstanding, and often hilarious, account of adventures in Victorian Life. Francis Kilvert is so full of foibles and so matter-of-factly recounts even the most gruesome scenes that the writing seems surprisingly modern. I especially enjoyed his accounts of dining and drunkenness, and the carefree way people of leisure spent their free time. A must for anyone interested in diaries, memoirs or Victorian life."

Large format hardback 1986.

288 pages.

Illustrated throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $5.50.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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