Queen Victoria in Her Letters and Journals: A Selection

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From the age of thirteen, when she began to keep a until a few days before her death nearly seventy years later, Queen Victoria maintained an unbroken flow of personal reminiscence and Correspondence in the annals of royalty. At an average of 2,500 words per day, she wrote the equivalent of 700 novels! A natural and highly gifted writer, she expressed herself forcibly and graphically on every conceivable topic that came to her attention, describing the people she met and the events of her often dramatic daily life in telling detail, and revealing her character in all its forthright simplicity and obstinate imperiousness, giving vent to her passionate affections and violent antipathies. Whether writing of important affairs of state; outspokenly expressing her views on marriage, children, the upper classes, alcohol, animals, railways, clergymen, books, and opera; or recording the eccentricities of the beloved Disraeli and the exasperating manner of the detested Gladstone, the Queen is always interesting, frequently illuminating, and sometimes extremely funny. She had strong views on everything and no hesitation in setting them down. She was as ready to scold her eldest daughter for getting too fat as she was her prime minister for making an unsuitable speech; as willing to express her bitter disappointment in her "stupid and silly" eldest son as her adoration of her "perfect husband." And always she does so in language fresh, concise, and exact. Hewn from a Himalaya of material, both published and unpublished, these extracts from the Queen's letters and journals have been judiciously selected from the many volumes of her correspondence that have already been published, from biographies of herself and her contemporaries.

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