How to Create the Perfect Wife by Wendy Moore

Thomas Day knew exactly the sort of woman he wanted to marry. Pure and virginal yet tough and hardy, she would live with him in an isolated cottage, completely subservient to his whims. As Day soon discovered, the woman of his dreams didn't exist in Georgian society - but rather than concede defeat, Day set out to create her.

He adopted two young orphans from a Foundling Hospital and, guided by the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, attempted to teach them to be model wives. Day hoped to eventually marry one of his wards, but the experiment inevitably backfired - though not before he had taken his theories about marriage, education, and femininity to their most shocking extremes.

In How to Create the Perfect Wife, acclaimed biographer Wendy Moore tells the captivating story of this bizarre experiment, illuminating the radicalism - and deep contradictions - at the heart of the Enlightenment.

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    A former member

    Hi Megan

    Do you want to still go ahead and have this meetup even if it is only the two of us? I finished the book so it would be great to still discuss it.


    September 6

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