A lovely copy with faint edgewear. Persephone editions have uniform grey covers and dust wrappers with lovely decorated endpapers and matching bookmarks unique to each title. Bookmark missing from this copy. ; This book "is about Thomas and Jane Carlyle’s life together at 5 (now 24) Cheyne Row, Chelsea; it was written in 1965 by Thea Holme, a former actress then living there as co-custodian of the house with her husband. Her book evokes the everyday life of the Carlyles from the day they moved in, in 1834, until Jane’s death in 1866. "
"Jane may have subsumed her life into that of the Sage of Chelsea but, such is the interest nowadays in domestic history and women writers, most twenty-first century readers will be more interested in her life than in her husband’s. Each of the eleven chapters, with titles such as ‘The Soundproof Study’, ‘Money’ and ‘The Garden’, describes a different aspect of life in Cheyne Row, whether it is yet another builders’ drama or a maid giving birth in the china closet while ‘Mr Carlyle was taking tea in the dining-room with Miss Jewsbury talking to him!!! Just a thin small door between!’ "
" The Times Literary Supplement observed: ‘Mrs Holme has quantities of first-hand material rearranged nimbly and thrown into sharp relief by the inimitable comments of Jane Carlyle. It must convert the most highflown enemy of trivia: no couple’s physical daily life is more accessible; their pets and pests, and digestive troubles and medicines, income and taxation, the plants they grew, the clothes they wore and mended. . . Thea Holme presents it all in its duality as an anxious drama and, through Jane’s own accounts, an uproarious farce.’"
This volume is not to be confused with the 600 page book of the same name written by Rosemary Ashton. "John Gross in the Sunday Telegraph observed: ‘Some readers may feel that Rosemary Ashton’s book is too long. For those who want a more compact account, domestic in emphasis, and confined to the Chelsea years, there is a timely reissue of Thea Holme’s charming 1965 miniature The Carlyles at Home.’ "; 'This book works well as an introduction to this famous couple and their writings but also as a social history of the Victorian era. ...now firmly one of my favourite Persephone titles.'-Reviewed and recommended by Darlene author of the "roses over a cottage door" blog. Also recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer.