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How to Create the Perfect Wife

Britain's Most Ineligible Bachelor and His Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate

by Wendy Moore

Hardcover, 343 pages, Perseus Books Group, List Price: $27.99 |

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How to Create the Perfect Wife
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Britain's Most Ineligible Bachelor and His Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate
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Wendy Moore

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Traces the efforts of eighteenth-century author and radical Thomas Day to create an ideal wife, describing how he adopted two young orphans and raised them according to the extreme principles of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Enlightenment.

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A British Intellectual's Mission 'To Create The Perfect Wife'

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