A Circle of Sisters by Judith Flanders
Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne Jones, Agnes Poynter, and Louisa Baldwin

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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 Alice 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 nineteenth-century Britain: a society abundant with possibility. From their homes in India, America, and England, the sisters formed a network that, through the triumphs and tragedies of their families and the Empire, uniquely endured.

About Judith Flanders

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Judith Flanders is a writer living in London.
Published January 1, 2001 by Viking. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Although born to a humble Methodist minister, the clever and artistically inclined Macdonald sisters married "up," into the Victorian bourgeoisie. Georgiana married the rising pre-Raphaelit

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The Macdonald sisters, subjects of a book by Judith Flanders, married well and reproduced even better, bringing forth writers and a prime minister.

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More interestingly, Flanders suggests that Alice did not ask her sisters to look after her children while she and her husband were in India because they all lived in much better circumstances, and she felt it would be bad for her children to become too aware of this.

Aug 25 2001 | Read Full Review of A Circle of Sisters: Alice Ki...

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