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Mrs. Caudle's Curtain Lectures - Douglas Jerrold

Harvill Press, 1974, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, nicked at the bottom corner of the upper panel which is also slightly pulled at the head. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “In the 130 years since they were written, Mrs. Caudle’s Curtain Lectures have never lost their appeal; perhaps this is because, as Anthony Burgess says in his Foreword, the author “has recorded the Eternal Sound of Woman, especially In Bed”. Mrs. Caudle is the archetype of the bednag. Her themes are as familiar today as ever they were, and she has a remarkable talent for turning molehills into mountains: “the fun lies in the rhythms of reproach… and the tone that does not advance all that far into parody”.

As for Mr. Caudle, he is no mere “saintly sufferer”; he makes what rejoinders he can muster — “often no rejoinder can properly be made” — then he turns over and simulates sleep. But when Mrs. Caudle’s attitude changes from nagging to wheedling as she stresses the advantages which would arise if her mother came to live with them, he does tell his wife “precisely where she can go to”.

In his Foreword Anthony Burgess gives Mrs. Caudle her place in the annals of Women in English Literature, whilst Osbert Lancaster has illustrated the marital scene most vividly.”


Foreword or introduction by Antony Burgess. Size: 8" x 5¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 159 pages.
£7.50