Florence Nightingale's Suggestions for Thought: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 11 (Hardback)Lynn McDonald (editor)
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Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Number of pages: 816
Weight: 1220 g
Dimensions: 234 x 164 x 53 mm
The Collected Works will allow us to see for the first time the full complexity of this extraordinary and multifacted woman. It will be a tool of enormous value not only to Nightgale scholars and biographers, but also to historians of a wide variety of aspects of Victorian society: war, the army, public health nursing, religion, India, women's issues and so on.''--Mark Bostridge "Times Literary Supplement, January 10, 2003 "
The Collected Works of Florence Nightingale is an extremely ambitious project that is a great service to scholarship. Every general academic library should own the complete set. It pulls together material that has been hitherto diffused across more than 150 collections, some of them private ones, in places ranging from Germany to India and Japan, as well as numerous English-speaking countries.''--Timothy Larsen "Books and Culture, November/December 2008 "
Justly famous as the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale's fame has endured from the 1950s until today. The two books under review here provide ample evidence as to why this should be so. As both author and editor Lynn McDonald has spent much of her professional career probing virtually every aspect of Nightingale's ninety years of life. And what an amazingly productive life it was, which Nightingale's sixteen-volume Collected Works--edited principally by McDonald--makes clear. But if the received public image of Nightingale continues to be that of the "Lady of the Lamp," then both her own Suggestions for Thought and McDonald's short biography--published to mark the centenary of Nightingale's death--show her to have been a hard-headed, clear-thinking reformer, in addition to a heroic nurse.... The Nightingale project ranks with both the Gladstone diaries and the Disraeli letters as a major undertaking in the field of Victorian-era scholarship, and therefore is of surpassing value to historians of the period, as well as to general readers.''--C. Brad Faught "Anglican and Episcopal History, Vol. 81 (1), March 2012 "
[I]t is clear that this is an academic project of the highest importance and integrity. It will have an impact on the work of scholars far beyond the immediate field of health history. Nightingale's interests were wide-ranging and her correspondence included some of the leading thinkers of her day....The editing of these volumes is exemplary. Every reference has been followed up, including the identification of minor dramatis personae. Important personalities are accorded short biographies. On every page there are biblical allusions, which are faithfully identified. Each thematic section has an introductory essay and these are amplified by a full outline of Nightingale's life and thought in volume 1. This project makes a major contribution to scholarship which will be of permanent value.''--Helen Mathers, University of Sheffield
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