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Isabella Beeton was the author of the classic book of household management which became a standard reference work for generations following her death—probably, says critic Michael Mason, "less common only than the Bible, Shakespeare and the poems of Scott in better-off homes." Bibliographic Citation link. It has been in print continuously since its appearance. Isabella Beeton was a prolific journalist on domestic topics and fashion over the course of her brief career, and assisted with the editing of several magazines for women. Bibliographic Citation link.
12 March 1836 Isabella Mayson, later IB, was born in London, the eldest of a family which initially consisted of four. Bibliographic Citation link.
By July 1857 Shortly after beginning to write columns on the subject, IB began planning a cookery book and requested recipes from friends and readers of the Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine. Bibliographic Citation link.
Late September 1859 The first of 24 parts of The Book of Household Management, by the young IB, appeared. Bibliographic Citation link.
1 October 1861 IB's The Book of Household Management was published in volume form by her husband; it became a fixture in British kitchens. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 February 1865 IB died a week after the birth of her last son. The cause was apparently puerperal fever, though it has also been suggested that she had contracted syphilis from her husband. Bibliographic Citation link.
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