Scotch Verdict: Miss Pirie and Miss Woods v. Dame Cumming Gordon

3.8 avg rating
( 56 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780231084437: Scotch Verdict: Miss Pirie and Miss Woods v. Dame Cumming Gordon
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

The year: 1810. The place: Edinburgh, Scotland. A student, Jane Cumming, accuses her school mistresses, Jane Pirie and Marianne Woods, of having an affair in the presence of their students. Dame Cumming Gordon, the wealthy and powerful grandmother of the accusing student, advises her friends to remove their daughters from the boarding school. Within days, the school is deserted and the two women deprived of their livelihood.
Lillian Faderman, award-winning author of Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, gives an extraordinary rendering of the real-life story on which Lillian Hellman based her famous play, The Children's Hour. Faderman reconstructs the libel suit filed by Pirie and Woods that eventually resulted in a scotch verdict - a verdict of not proven or an inconclusive decision. Through court transcripts, judges' notes, and her personal reflections on the witnesses' contradictory testimony and the prejudices of the men presiding over the case, Faderman skillfully documents the social, economic, and sexual pressures that shaped the lives of nineteenth-century women.
Provocative and compelling, not only does Scotch Verdict point to the marginalization of women by raising issues of class, gender, and sexuality with respect to Pirie and Woods, but also of race in its depiction of Jane Cumming, the half-Indian child who was born in India and out of wedlock to Dame Cumming Gordon's eldest son.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

From Library Journal:

Scotch Verdict is the factual account of the story dramatized in Lillian Hellman's fine 1934 play, The Children's Hour . In actuality, the episode in which a student accused two schoolmistresses of participating in a lesbian relationship took place in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1811. After their reputations and careers were ruined, the two brought a libel suit against their accuser. According to LJ 's reviewer, Federman "abstracted, rearranged, and enriched the case transcript to create a book that reads like a novel yet breathtakingly demonstrates how preconceptions color interpretation and how impossible it is to find 'the truth' " ( LJ 6/15/83). A solid addition to any feminist/women's studies collection.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780688015596: Scotch Verdict: Miss Pirie and Miss Woods V. Dame Cumming Gordon

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  068801559X ISBN 13:  9780688015596
Publisher: William Morrow & Co, 1983
Hardcover

9780688020545: Scotch verdict: Miss Pirie and Miss Woods v. Dame Cumming Gordon

Quill, 1983
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Faderman, Lillian
Published by Columbia University Press (1994)
ISBN 10: 0231084439 ISBN 13: 9780231084437
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Columbia University Press, 1994. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110231084439

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 44.16
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Lillian Faderman
Published by Columbia University Press (1994)
ISBN 10: 0231084439 ISBN 13: 9780231084437
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Columbia University Press, 1994. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0231084439

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 54.33
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Lillian Faderman
Published by Columbia University Press (1994)
ISBN 10: 0231084439 ISBN 13: 9780231084437
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Columbia University Press, 1994. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0231084439

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 61.29
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Faderman, Lillian
Published by Columbia University Press
ISBN 10: 0231084439 ISBN 13: 9780231084437
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Columbia University Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0231084439 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW99.0113125

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Faderman, Lillian
Published by Columbia University Press
ISBN 10: 0231084439 ISBN 13: 9780231084437
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Columbia University Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0231084439 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW99.4369329

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Lillian Faderman
ISBN 10: 0231084439 ISBN 13: 9780231084437
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # M-0231084439

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 88.23
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Lillian Faderman
Published by Columbia University Press (1994)
ISBN 10: 0231084439 ISBN 13: 9780231084437
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Columbia University Press, 1994. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0231084439n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 153.59
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds