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In the Days of My Youth   By: (1831-1892)

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In the Days of My Youth is a captivating memoir written by Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards. Spanning several years, the book takes readers on a nostalgic journey through the author's formative years, capturing the essence of the Victorian era.

From the very first page, Edwards' elegant and evocative prose transports readers to a bygone era, enveloping them in the sights, sounds, and emotions of a time long ago. With meticulous attention to detail, the author paints a vivid picture of her childhood, bringing to life the people, places, and events that shaped her upbringing.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this memoir is Edwards' ability to infuse her recollections with a sense of genuine warmth and tenderness. Her love for her family, particularly her parents, radiates from the pages, creating a deeply emotional connection with the reader. Through her intricate storytelling, Edwards manages to convey the complexity of family dynamics, touching upon both the joys and challenges of navigating various relationships.

Furthermore, In the Days of My Youth offers a rare glimpse into the societal norms and expectations of the time. Edwards expertly navigates topics such as class divisions, gender roles, and the limitations imposed on women during the Victorian era. Through her own experiences and observations, she sheds light on the struggles faced by women seeking intellectual and creative fulfillment, providing a thought-provoking commentary on societal limitations.

While the memoir primarily focuses on Edwards' personal journey, she also weaves in broader historical events that occurred during her youth. The inclusion of these events, such as the revolutions of 1848, adds depth and context to her narrative, enriching the reader's understanding of the time period.

In the Days of My Youth is an enchanting memoir filled with poignant reminiscences, historical insights, and heartfelt emotions. Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards' gift for storytelling shines throughout the book, capturing the essence of an era long past. This memoir is a must-read for anyone interested in Victorian society, women's history, or simply appreciates a beautifully written journey through time.

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Dolce sentier, Colle, che mi piacesti, Ov'ancor per usanza amor mi mena!


Sweet, secluded, shady Saxonholme! I doubt if our whole England contains another hamlet so quaint, so picturesquely irregular, so thoroughly national in all its rustic characteristics. It lies in a warm hollow environed by hills. Woods, parks and young plantations clothe every height and slope for miles around, whilst here and there, peeping down through green vistas, or towering above undulating seas of summer foliage, stands many a fine old country mansion, turreted and gabled, and built of that warm red brick that seems to hold the light of the sunset long after it has faded from the rest of the landscape. A silver thread of streamlet, swift but shallow, runs noisily through the meadows beside the town and loses itself in the Chad, about a mile and a half farther eastward. Many a picturesque old wooden bridge, many a foaming weir and ruinous water mill with weedy wheel, may be found scattered up and down the wooded banks of this little river Chad; while to the brook, which we call the Gipstream, attaches a vague tradition of trout... Continue reading book >>

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