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Florence Nightingale : the making of an icon

Author: Mark Bostridge
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The common soldier's savior, the standard-bearer of modern nursing, a pioneering social reformer: Florence Nightingale belongs to that select band of historical characters who are instantly recognizable. Home-schooled, bound for the life of an educated Victorian lady, Nightingale scandalized her family when she found her calling as a nurse, a thoroughly unsuitable profession for a woman of her class. As the "Lady  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Florence Nightingale; Florence Nightingale; Florence Nightingale
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Bostridge
ISBN: 9780374156657 0374156654
OCLC Number: 216941698
Description: xxiii, 646 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Daughter of England 1820-54 : The ridiculous name of Nightingale ; Pop and Flo ; Pink satin ghosts ; This loathsome life ; To be happy in my own way ; Your vagabond son ; Unloving love ; In the hey-day of my power --
pt. 2. Lady with the lamp 1854-6 : Calamity unparalleled ; A visible march to heaven ; I shall never forget --
pt. 3. Mother of the army 1856-71 : A turbulent fellow ; Thorn in the flesh ; Dying by inches ; Philomela ; A crying evil --
pt. 4. Queen of nurses 1871-1910 : Taking charge ; A taste of heaven in daily life ; Battle of the nurses ; Lustre on the name --
pt. 5. Icon : A hard nut to crack.
Responsibility: Mark Bostridge.
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The common soldier's savior, the standard-bearer of modern nursing, a pioneering social reformer: Florence Nightingale belongs to that select band of historical characters who are instantly recognizable. Home-schooled, bound for the life of an educated Victorian lady, Nightingale scandalized her family when she found her calling as a nurse, a thoroughly unsuitable profession for a woman of her class. As the "Lady with the Lamp," ministering to the wounded and dying of the Crimean War, she offers an enduring image of sentimental appeal. In the first major biography of Florence Nightingale in more than fifty years, Mark Bostridge draws on a wealth of unpublished material, including previously unseen family papers, to throw new light on this extraordinary woman's life and character. Disentangling elements of myth from the reality, Bostridge has written a vivid and readable account of one of the most iconic figures in modern history.--From publisher description.

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