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This eccentric Victorian book argues a strong case for the universal wearing of a beard – that essential symbol of manly distinction since ancient times. Thomas S. Gowing contrasts the vigour and daring of bearded men through history with the undeniable effeminacy of the clean-shaven. He reminds the modern man that 'ladies, by their very nature, like everything manly', and cannot fail to be charmed by a 'fine flow of curling comeliness'.
Gowing's book is now republished for the first time since 1850, accompanied by illustrations of impressive beards from history.
Author: Thomas S. Gowing
Brand: British Library Publishing