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  • Author:
    Diane Atkinson
  • ISBN:
    033039228X
  • ISBN13:
    978-0330392280
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    Pan Books; 1st Edition Thus edition (January 2, 2004)
  • Pages:
    384 pages
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On May 26, 1854, Arthur Munby met Hannah Cullwick. He was a solicitor for the Ecclesiastical Commission, and he loathed his job. She was a servant, a maid of all work.

On May 26, 1854, Arthur Munby met Hannah Cullwick. On May 26, 1854, Arthur Munby met Hannah Cullwick. This first encounter marked the beginning of a relationship which was to endure for more than fifty years. Drawing on their diaries, letters, and Munby's photographs of Hannah, Diane Atkinson paints a On May 26, 1854, Arthur Munby met Hannah Cullwick. Drawing on their diaries, letters, and Munby's photographs of Hannah, Diane Atkinson paints a pictur On May 26, 1854, Arthur Munby met Hannah Cullwick.

The secret marriage between minor man of letters Arthur Munby and his servant Hannah Cullwick has become .

The secret marriage between minor man of letters Arthur Munby and his servant Hannah Cullwick has become one of the great set pieces of 19th-century social history. Whenever a case study is needed to show the sheer weirdness of Victorian men in the bedroom, the story of how the gentlemanly Munby stalked, caught and loved the huge, dirty Cullwick over a period of 40 years is pressed into play. In this first full-length treatment since Hudson's, Diane Atkinson puts Hannah Cullwick back into the equation, reminding us that it takes two people to make a marriage, especially one as peculiar as this. And, just for once, the evidence is all here.

Love and Dirt: The Marria. has been added to your Cart. Their relationship grew into a very defined master/slave relationship, which spanned over 30 years beginning in 1850's England. Arthur's fetishistic obsession for dirt, Hannah's preference for the service positions on the lowest rung, seem the thing of Victorian erotica - but it is real.

And the love between Arthur Munby and Hannah Cullwick expressed itself in a way that would make many of us squeamish. It took the form it did because he was a gentleman and she was a servant girl.

Evenhanded in its approach, this is a study which reveals the many sides to Hannah and Munby's relationship, but doesn't itself take sides

Evenhanded in its approach, this is a study which reveals the many sides to Hannah and Munby's relationship, but doesn't itself take sides. Described in this way, they are indeed 'extraordinary individuals', as the jacket blurb claims, but perhaps no more extraordinary than any other lovers are to one another.

Hannah Cullwick had more than a dozen uncles and aunts and more than . Love and Dirt: The Marriage of Arthur Munby and Hannah Cullwick. New York: Macmillan, 2003.

Hannah Cullwick had more than a dozen uncles and aunts and more than fifty first cousins. All of them were literate; and most of them were in business, as farmers, publicans, and saddlers. He bequeathed his books and 2 deed-boxes filled with correspondence, diaries, and photographs, to the British Museum. They were unable to accept this legacy, and provision was made for the items to be kept at Trinity College, Cambridge, and not opened until 1950.

Love and Dirt is the story of a deep and lasting love between two extraordinary individuals who breached the . 3. Description this book On May 26, 1854, Arthur Munby met Hannah Cullwick

Love and Dirt is the story of a deep and lasting love between two extraordinary individuals who breached the barriers of class and endangered their vastly different stations in Victorian society. Published in: Education. Description this book On May 26, 1854, Arthur Munby met Hannah Cullwick. Drawing on their diaries, letters, and Munby s photographs of Hannah, Diane Atkinson paints a picture of the wilder shores of Victorian sexuality.

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Arthur Munby, barrister and published poet, met Hannah Cullwick, Shropshire scullery maid, on London's Oxford Street in 1854. They had in common a sexual obsession: Munby adored watching Hannah 'in her dirt' and she responded to him with a literally slavish devotion. Amply documented in their letters and diaries, this is the compelling tale of a clandestine relationship that was to last for over fifty years.

Arthur Munby, barrister and published poet, met Hannah Cullwick, Shropshire scullery maid, on London's Oxford Street in 1854. They had in common a sexual obsession: Munby adored watching Hannah 'in her dirt' and she responded to him with a literally slavish devotion. Amply documented in their letters and diaries, this is the compelling tale of a clandestine relationship that was to last for over fifty years. 'Shadowy figures at the edge of Victorian life, they might almost have stepped out of a Dickens plot' Claire Tomalin, Evening Standard 'Arthur and Hannah have been lucky with their biographer...Diane Atkinson has a generous appreciation of all the nuances and paradoxes of their bizarre relationship' Mail on Sunday 'In the letters and diaries of Hannah Cullwick and Arthur Munby, Diane Atkinson has discovered a gem of a story...Love & Dirt successfully presents an important historical document in a highly readable, accessible form...a fascinating insight into aspects of Victorian sexuality' Sunday Independent

Mmsa
This is an amazing glimpse in the life of two very different people. An educated independent woman of the Victorian who found a love relationship to a well to do respected lawyer. A real life 50 Shades of Grey but so much better. For those interest in how a couple found what we know as link without the internet or dungeons. They lived their lives as they wished in secret. Their writings of their 30 year relationship that was not sexual but lead to marriage after many years together. Mutual respect. A strong desire to serve. An understanding of each other without judgement.

The one reviewer who gave it a two star doesn't seem to understand that we are reading the words of two people who doesn't need another to give insight. Why have someone else speak for them?
Jonariara
I really wanted to like this book, as I think Hannah Cullwick is a terribly interesting person, and offers some unique insights into the Victorian period. The author just never really manages to make her interesting. There is a real effort to present the material, but it just seems to fall so flat that the book becomes kind of a slog. There is little insight here, such that it might be more effective to simply read the primary source material on the two figures, rather than this. Sorry.
Gna
For those aching to find proof of dominant/submissive relationships pre 20th century, Diane Atkinson's well-researched book tells an intriguing story of Arthur Munby, a well-known social reformer, and Hallah Cullwick, a scullery maid. Their relationship grew into a very defined master/slave relationship, which spanned over 30 years beginning in 1850's England. Arthur's fetishistic obsession for dirt, Hannah's preference for the service positions on the lowest rung, seem the thing of Victorian erotica - but it is real.