370 Education

Completed: February 2018

Classification: 371.1008

Title: Other People’s Daughters: The Lives and Times of the Governess

Author: Ruth Brandon


If a nineteenth century lady had neither a husband to support her nor money of her own, almost her only recourse was to live in someone else’s household and educate their children – in particular, their daughters.

Marooned within the confines of other people’s lives, neither servants nor family members, governesses occupied an uncomfortable social limbo. And being poor and insignificant, their papers were mostly lost. But a few journals and letters have come down to us, giving

a vivid record of what it was to be a lone professional woman at a time when such a creature officially did not exist.

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