Mr and Mrs Disraeli

Mr and Mrs Disraeli Deep in the archives of the Bodleian Library lies a tattered scrap of paper with newlyweds scribbles on it It is a table, listing the qualities of a couple One column reads Often says what he does not think , He does not show his feelings , He is a genius the other Never says what she does not think , She shows her feelings , She is a dunce The writing is Mary Anne Disraeli s the qualities listed contrast her with her husband, Benjamin Disraeli, one of the foremost politicians of the Victorian age.The daughter of a sailor, on her second marriage and 12 years older than her husband, Mary Anne was highly eccentric, liable to misbehave and worse still overdressed for grand society dinners Her beloved Diz was of Jewish descent, a mid ranking novelist and frequently mired in debt He was fiercely protective and completely devoted to his wife She was devoted to him, too, and they were both devoted to the very idea of being devoted They wrote passionate letters to one another through their courtship and their marriage, spinning their unusual tale into a romance worthy of the novels they so loved.Reading between the lines of a great cache of their letters and the anecdotes of others in chilly Oxford reading rooms, Daisy Hay shows how the Disraelis rose to the top of the social and political pile Along the way, we meet women of a similar station and situation whose endings were far unhappier than Mary Anne s, acting as a counterpoint to her fairy tale ending as the landed Angel of the Prime Minister s House.In an age where first ladies are under ever increasing pressure to perform and conform, Mr and Mrs Disraeli offers a portrait of one who refused to do either, in a society which demanded she do both. Read Mr and Mrs Disraeli Author Daisy Hay – rarefishingbooks.co.uk This review first appeared on my blog, Shoulda Coulda Woulda Books.This is not the first time that I ve read Daisy Hay, nor is it the first time I ve read about Disraeli Both of those experiences made me want to read , so this was a pretty fortunate confluence of book events for me very grateful that Hay s research lead her to this topic This book is a natural outgrowth of her previous work in Young Romantics In that book, Hay looked at the Byron Shelley generation and attempted to break This review first appeared on my blog, Shoulda Coulda Woulda Books.This is not the first time that I ve read Daisy Hay, nor is it the first time I ve read abou
This is an oddly moving biography, which looks at the marriage of Benjamin Disraeli and his wife Mary Anne Both Disraeli and Mary Anne had a tendency to romanticise and reinvent their backgrounds and, later, their marriage Mary Anne came from a fairly humble background and her marriage in 1815 to Wyndham Lewis, a wealthy man, but much older than her and very different in temperament, was largely due to financial and social considerations Indeed, stories at the beginning of each chapter ofte This is an oddly moving biography, which loo
Marriage had its peculiarities in the nineteenth century, but the marriage of Benjamin Disraeli and his Mary Anne waspeculiar than most Nevertheless, this account of their marriage goes beyond simple boundaries Before they wed in their middle age, both had a great deal of experience Mary Anne was first married to a certain Wyndham Lewis, a man who benefitted greatly from the Industrial Revolution, and the opening of the book tells of their lives on the edge of high soc
So I have a funny story regarding this book.I first came across Disraeli during A Levels, in which I studied the Age of Gladstone and Disraeli Disraeli became my favourite Prime Minister Because who couldn t love Disraeli So, the first thing I do when I m in a bookshop is look at the political history section, just to check up on the literature regarding Disraeli and other Prime Ministers of the time I was in Waterstones in Piccadilly Circus in London in February 2015 when I first saw th So I have a funny story regarding this book.I first came across Disraeli during A Levels, in which I studied the Age of Gladstone and Disraeli Disraeli became my favourite Prime Minister Because who couldn t love Disraeli So, the fi
It wasn t until the final chapter that I realised how emotionally involved I had become with the people and the narrative it isn t until we experience loss that we realise the true extent of love, and it appears this was certainly the case for Disraeli This biography deserves to be celebrated for finally shining a light on the woman behind the man, so often ignored or reduced to a mere footnote in the tale of her brilliant husband It demonstrates how behind all human achievement there is love It wasn t until the final chapter that I realised how emotionally involved I had become with the people and the narrative it isn t until we experience loss that we realise the true extent of love, and it appears this was certainly the case for Disraeli This biography deserves to be celebrated for finally shining a light on the woman behind the man, so often ignored or reduced to a mere footnote in the tale of her brilliant husband It demonstrates how behind all human achiev
An astoundingly brilliant biography charting the relationship between one of this nation s greatest Prime Ministers, Benjamin Disraeli, and his wife Mary Ann Daisy Hay really has done a fantastic job Couldnt put it down The woman really doth maketh the man. It s always fascinating to consider what makes for a long lasting and successful marriage relationship and Daisy Hay s thorough analysis of the unlikely marriage between Mary Anne and Benjamin Disraeli provides a very intriguing example What is at first a marriage of convenience between a heavily indebted dandyish Disraeli and a rich widow 12 years his senior becomes a close, lov
The marriage of Mary Ann and Benjamin Disraeli was uncommon in many respects She was an wealthy independent widow, he a debt ridden author with political ambitions She was loud, flamboyant, outspoken, eccentric he was controlled, ambitious, determined He married her for her money but grew to love her She valued her independence yet devoted herself utterly to his future career They were visibly devoted to one another in an era when marrying for love was seen as utterly d class in the circl The marriage of Mary Ann and Benjamin Disraeli was uncommon in many respects She was an wealthy in
This well crafted and readable narrative is the biography of a relationship, grounded in the history and culture of 19th century Britain With sympathy for the main actors Benjamin and Mary Anne Disraeli but without sentiment, the book looks at their mutually beneficial, yet self serving, arrangement He got her financial support, she got dignity and stature of his public achievement, and the whole was greater than the sum of its parts, with the two developing a perhaps unexpectedly deep r This well crafted and readable narrative is the biography of a relationship, grounded in the history and culture of 19th century Britain With sympathy for the main actors Benjamin and Mary Ann
How many nonfiction books detail the history of a marriage Mr and Mrs Disraeli takes into account the beginning he married for money, she for social advancement , middle she was his stalwart supporter through thick and thin, he would not allow people to disrespect her no matter how foolish she was and end she lived to see him become prime minister, he repaid all of her steadfastness with deferring his bestowal of a title from the queen to her I was disappointed at first that there was not How many nonfiction books detail the history of a marriage Mr and Mrs Disraeli takes into account the beginning he married for money, she for social advancement , middle she was his stalwart supporter through thick and thin, he would not allow people to disrespect her no matter how foolish she was and end she lived to see him become prime minister, he repaid all of her steadfastness with deferring his bestowal of a

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