The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine

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The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, title page, September 1861

The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine was a magazine published by Samuel Orchart Beeton from 1852[1] to 1879,[2] with a supplement written by his wife, Mrs. Beeton, between 1859 and 1861: these supplements were later collected as her Book of Household Management.[3] His intention was that it should "tend to the improvement of the intellect".[4] The magazine published articles on middle-class domestic issues, fashion and fiction.[5]

In 1867, Samuel Beeton expanded the correspondence section of the magazine. The contents of this "Conversazione", now including contributions by men, included material extolling the attractions of corsetry[6] and tight-lacing, cross-dressing[7] and flagellation;[8] extracts on the latter were republished in pornographic compilations such as The Birchen Bouquet.[9][10]


  1. ^ Margaret Beetham (2004). "Beeton, Samuel Orchart (1831-1877)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  2. ^ Albert Johannsen (1950). "Beeton, Samuel Orchart". The House of Beadle & Adams and its Dime and Nickel Novels: The Story of a Vanished Literature. II. University of Oklahoma Press. pp. 32–33.
  3. ^ Beetham, Margaret; Boardman, Kay (2001). Victorian women's magazines: an anthology. Manchester University Press. pp. 32, 36. ISBN 0-7190-5879-1.
  4. ^ Wintle, Justin (2002). Makers of nineteenth century culture: 1800-1914. London: Routledge. p. 44. ISBN 0-415-26584-3.
  5. ^ Margaret Beetham (1996). A magazine of her own?: domesticity and desire in the woman's magazine, 1800-1914. Routledge. pp. 57–68. ISBN 0-415-14112-5.
  6. ^ Margaret Beetham (1991). "'Natural but firm': the corset correspondence in the Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine". Women: A Cultural Review. 2 (2): 163–167. doi:10.1080/09574049108578076.
  7. ^ Ekins, Richard; King, Dave (1996). Blending genders: social aspects of cross-dressing and sex-changing. Routledge. pp. 10–11. ISBN 0-415-11552-3.
  8. ^ Marcus (2007) p.16
  9. ^ Marcus (2007) p.140
  10. ^ Kathryn Hughes (2001). The Victorian governess. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 137. ISBN 1-85285-325-5.
  • Sharon Marcus (2007). Between women: friendship, desire, and marriage in Victorian England. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-12835-9.