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A History of Marriage

A History of Marriage

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Written by Elizabeth AbbottAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Elizabeth Abbott

  • Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • On Sale: April 5, 2011
  • Price: $24.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-60980-088-8 (1-60980-088-5)
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What does the “tradition of marriage” really look like? In A History of Marriage, Elizabeth Abbott paints an often surprising picture of this most public, yet most intimate, institution. Ritual of romance or social obligation? Eternal bliss or cult of domesticity? Abbott reveals a complex tradition that includes same-sex unions, arranged marriages, dowries, self-marriages, and child brides. Marriage–in all its loving, unloving, decadent, and impoverished manifestations–is revealed here through Abbott’s infectious curiosity.