Arguably, Lucretia was luckier than her running mate. He wrote two books for children: The History of Sandford and Merton and The History of Little Jack. . I wonder how they didn't run out of women. For example: Richard Lovell Edgeworth, Erasmus Darwin, Anna Seward, Maria Edgeworth, Fanny Burney.
Although he certainly took to heart almost to a fault, as we'll see the social and philosophical questions prevalent and popular at the time, he was also resistant to many of the eighteenth century's highly codified norms of appearance and behavior. The interest is supposed to lie in Thomas Day's failure to recognize his hypocrisy, learn from his mistakes, and in this case, have a modern world view -ha ha silly boy. He wrote two books for children: The History of Sandford and Merton and The History of Little Jack. Pay attention to italics on the book's cover---there's irony in every word! You were born two centuries too early not to be an ass. Rousseau tried in vain to tell his readers that Emile was a philosophical treatise, not a childrearing guide, but nevertheless some misguided parents in France and England followed it as rigorously as a new mom in the 1950s would her Dr. Initially, I thought the book would focus narrowly on how the 'training' went, which could have got rather tedious, but Moore's book is more extensive than that, and she's found a fascinating group of people to follow.
While torturing his chosen bride into submission with pistols and hot sealing wax, Day nevertheless becomes a prominent anti-slavery campaigner and supporter of American independence. In one of his many low moments, Humbert Humbert has the following thought: I might have her produce eventually a nymphet with my blood in her exquisite veins, a Lolita the Second, who would be eight or nine around 1960, when I would still be dans la force d'age; indeed, the telescopy of my mind, or un-mind, was strong enough to distinguish in the remoteness of time a vieillard encore vert—or was it green rot? This book relates the bizarre tale of Thomas Day, wealthy English gentleman of the Enlightenment, who was obsessed with the educational theories of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Thomas Day is the most frustrating piece of work I have read about in a long time. I haven't read any of them, but I'd be willing to bet that Moore's fascinating nonfictional account outshines them all. And here, we have to flaw in his character; the extraordinary experiment that Day set upon, with the full knowledge of his closest friends, to adopt two young orphans and raise them to be his future wives.
Having served as the seat of seven popes for nearly seventy years during the fourteenth century—when it was the center of the medieval Western world—Avignon still fell under papal control as capital of the enclave, the Comtat Venaissin. How To Create The Perfect Wife is to be relished by those who enjoy slices of 18th century life. But aside from its dark content, the plotline is a comedy of manners gone right off the rails, lit by flashes of sardonic authorial wit. But instead of turning these portraits into misery biographies, she weaves them into the broader context of the time. Maybe not all readers will be pleased because they will learn some raw and sad truths too.
She was very clear on what was factual and what was rumored. The comment about the Rhône in Avignon as a refuge for upper-class people on the run was interesting. Day, things that tend to vary from person to person. Drawing on detailed personal accounts, Moore creates suspense and surprise in a manner rarely achieved in biographies. This is one of those true life stories that is both repulsive and compelling at the same time. Pure and virginal yet tough and hardy, she would live with him in an isolated cottage, completely subservient to his whims.
Humbert, practicing on supremely lovely Lolita the Third the art of being a granddad. Ann Grig, the second orphan who became Lucretia, got lucky fast. I think he picked an eleven year old and a twelve year old? Following the best of Enlightenment philosophies regarding education, as well as his own idiosyncratic desires for a supremely educated but utterly subservient helpmeet, Day strove to mold these young women into something resembling his ideal. A book that has been read but is in good condition. Before the altar of Venus, he secretly wished that he could marry a woman who would be the living likeness of his sculpture, only to find that his wish was granted.
His friends, members of the nonconformist and free-thinking James Watt, Erasmus Darwin, Matthew Boulton, Josiah Wedgwood etc. I'm impressed by her research, and impressed by how skilfully she weaves a fascinating tale that starts with the youth of Thomas Day, and ends with the death of Sabrina. There was no critical dimension or even the exploration of the possibility that these industrialists and scientists might have been anything other than inspirational and successful men. While his closest friends knew of Day's experiment and wish to create a perfect wife for himself the public learned about it only after his death. Society educated them to be silly, irrational little things. Humphreys' and Donna Thorland's odd that Humphreys and Thorland both depict André as gay, but Moore only mentions that his proposal was rejected by Honora Sneyd ; Benjamin Franklin; and, the Americans, Henry and John Laurens.
In How to Create the Perfect Wife, acclaimed biographer Wendy Moore tells the story of this bizarre social experiment, illuminating the radicalism - and deep contradictions - that lay at the heart of this most fascinating period. The picture of Day is so expertly drawn and so withering without being heavy-handed, that it manages to count as a form of moral condemnation. In 1769 young Thomas Day was wealthy, intense and smelly. In a group of people he would sit there mute while those around him carried on the conversation. Only, it's a story I kept wanting to put down. Well-written, surprising and worth the time to find this one. He took his inspiration from the popular philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and decided that to complete this idyllic dream, he would need a devoted, humble and hard-working wife by his side.