Isabella Mary Beeton

Julie Sorge Way (Old Dominion University)
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Isabella Mary Mayson Beeton is primarily known for her work as author and editor of the widely influential 1861 domestic manual

Beeton’s Book of Household Management

. Before her untimely death at age 28, she also worked as an editor, translator, and columnist at two secular women’s magazines,

The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine


The Queen.

Early Life

Early Life

The context of Beeton’s early life is important to understanding her experience and expertise in domestic matters. She was the oldest daughter in a blended Victorian family of unusually large size even by the standards of the day, with a final total of 21 children combined between her father, mother, and stepfather’s families. While many see the Book of Household Management, and her editorial persona there, as

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Citation: Sorge Way, Julie. "Isabella Mary Beeton". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 July 2021 [, accessed 12 June 2024.]

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