Amelia Peabody's Egypt : a compendium /
preface by Elizabeth Peters ; edited by Elizabeth Peters & Kristen Whitbread ; designed by Dennis Forbes ; contributions by numerous authors.
1st ed.
New York : Morrow, c2003.
334 p. : ill., ports. ; 29 cm.
0060538112 (acid-free paper)
More Details
New York : Morrow, c2003.
0060538112 (acid-free paper)
local note
ROM copy: Gift of Merle Rosenhek; 2013.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. 331).
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Elizabeth Peters was born and brought up in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Peters was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998, and was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at Malice Domestic in 2003. She lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland Kristen Whitbread is the editor of Elizabeth Peters's newsletter and received a B.A. in literature from Hood College
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Agatha Award, USA, 2004 : Won
Edgar Awards (Edgar Allan Poe Awards), USA, 2004 : Nominated
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2004-02-15:
Amelia Peabody Emerson, the heroine of 15 mystery books by Peters, is a redoubtable Victorian lady who sleuths while working on archaeological digs in Egypt. This colorful compendium of essays, photographs, and drawings provides a closer look into the world of this character, thus serving as a useful tool not only for devoted readers but for the uninitiated as well. The first part of the book offers historical essays on Egyptology; the second, cultural essays on everything from Islamic art and architecture to the duties of Victorian servants; and the third, reference tools that blend fact and fiction, including a name index to the myriad characters in the novels and indexes for true historical figures and place names. Peters, a pseudonym of Barbara Mertz (Egyptology, Univ. of Chicago), contributes an essay on Victorian attitudes toward other cultures, while Barbara Michaels (Mertz's pseudonym for Gothic romances) contributes an essay on Victorian popular fiction. Beautifully designed by Dennis Forbes and lavishly illustrated with 600 period engravings and black-and-white photographs, this delightful book is essential for public libraries and any library with an intelligent leisure-reading collection. [For more information about the Amelia Peabody series, go to]-Alison M. Lewis, Drexel Univ. Lib., Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2003-10-06:
Fans of Peters's bestselling series featuring Amelia Peabody Emerson and her family (Crocodile on the Sandbank, etc.) will welcome this companion volume, which entertainingly blurs fact and fiction. In her role as "editor" of Mrs. Emerson's journals, Peters provides a preface, while other contributors supply articles on the historical and cultural background of Egyptology. (Typical is "`Lesser Breeds without the Law': An Insightful Diatribe on the Victorian Attitude Towards Other Cultures & Peoples," by Barbara Mertz, the real name of the pseudonymous Peters, who has a Ph.D. in the subject.) One section, "The People of the Journals," straightfacedly presents period photographs of the members of the extended Emerson clan. Filled with black-and-white illustrations of people and places (credit for the design goes to Egyptophile Dennis Forbes), this attractive book both informs and enchants. The jacket art of three Victorian ladies inspecting a temple fits the tone of the text perfectly. (On sale Oct. 21) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Review Quotes
'œLovely...delightfully mixes fact with Amelia's fictional world and brings insight to both.'
"Lovely...delightfully mixes fact with Amelia's fictional world and brings insight to both."
'œThis attractive book both informs and enchants.'
"This attractive book both informs and enchants."
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Library Journal, February 2004
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Main Description
The Egypt that so enticed and enchanted intrepid archaeologist-sleuth Amelia Peabody in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries was a place of wonder, mystery, danger, and the lure of antiquity. Now, with this monumental volume of Egyptian culture, history, and arcania, readers will be able to immerse themselves in the great lady's world more completely than ever before. Journey through the bustling streets and markets of Cairo a hundred years ago. Surround yourself with the customs and color of a bygone time. Explore ancient tombs and temples and marvel at the history of this remarkable land -- from the age of the pharaohs through the Napoleonic era to the First World War. Also included in Amelia Peabody's Egypt are a hitherto unpublished journal entry and intimate biographies of the Emersons and their friends, which provide a uniquely personal view of the lives, relationships, opinions, politics, and delightful eccentricities of mystery's first family, as well as unforgettable pearls of wit and wisdom from everyone's favorite fictional Egyptologist herself. Containing nearly 600 black-and-white photographs and illustrations, and articles by numerous experts, Amelia Peabody's Egypt sparkles with unforgettable glimpses of the exotic and the bizarre, the unusual and the unfamiliar -- a treasure trove that overflows with Egyptological riches, along with wonderful insights into the culture and mores of the Victorian era, including the prevalent attitudes on empire, fashion, feminism, tourists, servants, and much more. A one-of-a-kind collection that offers endless hours of pleasure for Peabodyphiles and Egypt aficionados alike, here is a tome to cherish; a grand and glorious celebration of the life, the work, and the world of the incomparable Amelia Peabody.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 13
Love Among the Ruins: Excerpt from the Unpublished Journal of Professor Radcliffe Emerson, January-February 1885p. 14
The Emerson Era: I The Historical Background to the Journals
A Splendid Overview of Egyptology: Napoleon to World War Ip. 18
A Commanding Perspective: The British in Egypt, 1884-1917p. 48
Pictorial Essay: The Emersons' Bane: Tourists Along the Nilep. 88
The Emerson Era: II The Cultural Background to the Journals
An Expert Analysis of the Principles of Islam as Encountered by the Emersonsp. 100
Pictorial Essay: The Art & Architecture of Islamp. 112
"Lesser Breeds without the Law": An Insightful Diatribe on the Victorian Attitude Towards Other Cultures & Peoplesp. 122
Upstairs, Downstairs: A Skillful Overview of Victorian Servants & Their Dutiesp. 130
From Parlor to Pyramid: A Scholarly Study of Amelia Peabody Emerson & the Women's Movementp. 138
A Specialized Indulgence: Amelia Peabody Emerson & the Evolution of Fashion, 1884-1915p. 146
Seen But Not Heard: A Sympathetic Scrutiny of the Victorian Philosophy of Childrearingp. 156
Modern Inconveniences: A Scientific Investigation of Technological Developments in the Emerson Erap. 164
Musical Heritage: An Adept Discussion of the Musical Repertoire of the Emerson Familyp. 172
The Best of Wonder: An Authoritative Analysis of Victorian Popular Fictionp. 178
Pictorial Essay: Victorian Visions of Ancient Egyptp. 189
People, Places & Things: A Handy Reference to the Journals
The People of the Journals (& a Few Animals, Too)p. 196
Up & Down the Nile (& Other Places, As Well)p. 238
Words You May Not Find in Webster (Foreign Words & Phrases)p. 276
Introducing Some Ancient Egyptians (Human & Divine)p. 294
Pictorial Essay: Egypt & the Egyptians as the Emersons Knew Themp. 306
Ancient Egyptian Texts Referred to in the Journalsp. 315
The Wit & Wisdom of Amelia Peabody Emerson (& Some Others)p. 317
Ancient Egypt 101: A Quick Refresher Coursep. 320
For Further Readingp. 331
Something About the Contributorsp. 333
Illustration Sourcesp. 334
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