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The Clumsiest People in Europe

Todd Pruzan

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Caustic, cranky, and inadvertently hilarious, the bestselling Victorian author Mrs. Favell Lee Mortimer rarely left the house-but that didn't stop her from writing several successful travel books. With volumes on Europe, Asia, and Africa and America, Mrs. Mortimer had something nasty to say about your ancestors, no matter where they had the misfortune of living. Todd Pruzan has assembled three of Mrs. Mortimer's very forgotten classics into one volume, The Clumsiest People in Europe, a wild tour through the comically and horrifyingly misinformed prejudices of a unique Victorian eccentric.

Publishers Weekly Review

Mar 21, 2005 – This abridged version of a once-popular mid–19th-century children's geography primer invites readers to snicker—and snicker they will—at the prejudices of a bygone age. Mortimer, a forgotten author of children's books, rarely traveled and bowdlerized the information she got from other writers. Though an ardent abolitionist, she shared the knee-jerk racism as well as the religious bigotries of her day. She divides Europe between dour, hard-working Nordics and hot-blooded but idle Mediterranean types, damns Roman Catholicism as a form of idol worship and blithely notes such national idiosyncrasies as "he Greeks... love singing, though they sing badly." But at heart she is a Victorian domestic reformer. Frivolous housewives who read novels and spoiled children who eat rich food and stay up late with the grownups constitute signs of national degeneracy, and virtually every country stands condemned of dirtiness (China, Wales, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Iceland and Switzerland) or drunkenness (Prussia, Sweden and Norway) or both (Scotland, Ireland, Russia and Poland). Pruzan, an editor at Print magazine, supplies an intelligent, engaging biographical introduction and adds some incongruous truth-content to the text by inserting short, prefatory facts on national economies and 19th-century history. It's an amusing diversion, one best read in small doses.
The Clumsiest People in Europe
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Humor
  • Published: Dec 13, 2008
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Seller: INscribe Digital
  • Print Length: 208 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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