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A Circle of Sisters: Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne-Jones, Agnes Poynter, and Louisa Baldwin

by Judith Flanders

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Pages: 400
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780393052107






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Overview of A Circle of Sisters: Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne-Jones, Agnes Poynter, and Louisa Baldwin

The Macdonald sisters—Alice, Georgiana, Agnes and Louisa-started life in the teeming ranks of the lower-middle classes, denied the advantages of education and the expectation of social advancement. Yet as wives and mothers they would connect a famous painter, a president of the Royal Academy, a prime minister, and the uncrowned poet laureate of the Empire. Georgiana and Agnes married, respectively, the pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones and the arts administrator Edward Poynter; Louisa gave birth to future prime minister Stanley Baldwin, and Alice was mother to Rudyard Kipling.

A Circle of Sisters brings to life four women living at a privileged moment in history. Their progress from obscurity to imperial grandeur indicates the vitality of 19th-century Britain: a society abundant with possibility. From their homes in India and England, the sisters formed a network that, through the triumphs and tragedies of their families and the Empire, uniquely endured. 16 pages of illustrations.

Author Biography: Judith Flanders is author of Inside the Victorian Home. The British edition of A Circle of Sisters was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award. She lives in London.

Synopsis of A Circle of Sisters: Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne-Jones, Agnes Poynter, and Louisa Baldwin

The four McDonald sisters were wives or mothers of famous men in Victorian England. London-based writer Flanders presents a joint biography of them that emphasizes family ties, an important element of people's lives that she says male-based biographies pay too little attention to. The 2001 British edition was nominated for the Guardian first book award. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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The McDonald sisters: Georgina married painter Edward Burne-Jones, Agnes married arts administrator Edward Poytner, and Louisa and Alice gave birth, respectively, to future prime minister Stanley Baldwin and future author Rudyard Kipling. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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The McDonald sisters: Georgina married painter Edward Burne-Jones, Agnes married arts administrator Edward Poytner, and Louisa and Alice gave birth, respectively, to future prime minister Stanley Baldwin and future author Rudyard Kipling. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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