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The Resource An Unconventional Wife

An Unconventional Wife

Label
An Unconventional Wife
Title
An Unconventional Wife
Statement of responsibility
Mary Hoban
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Julia Sorell was an original. A colonial belle from Tasmania, vivacious and warm-hearted, Julia’s marriage to Tom Arnold in 1850 propelled her into one of the most renowned families in England and into a circle that included Lewis Carroll and George Eliot. Her eldest daughter became a bestselling novelist, while her grandchildren included the writer Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, and the evolutionary biologist Julian Huxley.With these family connections, Julia is a presence in many documented and famous lives, but she is a mostly silent presence. When extracted from her background of colonial life, extracted from the covers of marriage and family life, her story reveals an extraordinary woman, a paradox who defied convention as much as she embraced it.What began as a marriage born of desire soon turned into a relationship riven by discord. Tom’s sudden decision to become a Catholic and Julia’s refusal to convert with him plunged their lives into a crisis wherein their great love for each other would be pitted against their profoundly different understandings of marriage and religion. It was a conflict that would play out over three decades in a time when science challenged religion, when industrialisation challenged agrarian forms, when democracy challenged aristocracy, when women began to challenge men. It was a conflict that would shape not only their own lives and that of their children, but also touch the lives of all those who came into contact with them.Told with the pace, depth, and psychological richness of a great novel, An Unconventional Wife is a riveting biography that shines a shaft of light on a hidden but captivating life
Summary
The page-turning biography of an Australian woman who refused to bend to the expectations of her husband and her time
Biography type
individual biography
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10792298
Cataloging source
YDX
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Hoban, Mary
Dewey number
994.60209223
Illustrations
  • plates
  • genealogical tables
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Autobiography
  • Biography
  • Social Science
  • History
Target audience
adult
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the life of Julia Sorell Arnold
Label
An Unconventional Wife
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Control code
BORROWBOX:SCR_619472
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781925693539
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
An Unconventional Wife
Control code
BORROWBOX:SCR_619472
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781925693539
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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