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Florence Nightingale: An Introduction to Her Life and Family

Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 1

Lynn McDonald, editor

Collected Works of Florence Nightingale Series

 

Hardcover 920 pp.

ISBN13: 978-0-88920-387-7

Release Date: June 2002

Online discount: 25%

$150.00  $112.50

 

Paper 920 pp.

ISBN13: 978-1-55458-231-0

Release Date: January 2010

Online discount: 25%

$95.00  $71.25

 


   

Florence Nightingale: An Introduction to Her Life and Family introduces the Collected Works by giving an overview of Nightingale’s life and the faith that guided it and by outlining the main social reform concerns on which she worked from her “call to service’’ at age sixteen to old age. This volume reports correspondence (selected from the thousands of surviving letters) with her mother, father and sister and a wide extended family. There is material on Nightingale’s “domestic arrangements,’’ from recipes, cat care and relations with servants to her contributions to charities, church and social reform causes. Much new and original material comes to light, and a remarkably different portrait of Nightingale, one with a more nuanced view of her family relationships, emerges.

The Series

In the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale all the surviving writing of Florence Nightingale will be published, much of it for the first time. Known as the heroine of the Crimean War and the major founder of the modern profession of nursing, Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) will be revealed also as a scholar, theorist and social reformer of enormous scope and importance.

Original material has been obtained from over 150 archives and private collections worldwide. This abundance of material will be reflected in the series, revealing a significant amount of new material on her philosophy, theology and personal spiritual journey, as well as on her vision of a public health care system, her activism to achieve the difficult early steps of nursing for the sick poor in workhouse infirmaries and her views on health promotion and women’s control over midwifery. Nightingale’s more than forty years of work for public health in India, particularly in famine prevention and for broader social reform, will be reported in detail.

The Collected Works of Florence Nightingale demonstrates Nightingale’s astute use of the political process and reports on her extensive correspondence with royalty, viceroys, cabinet ministers and international leaders, including such notables as Queen Victoria and W. E. Gladstone. Much new material on Nightingale’s family is reported, including some that will challenge her standard portrayal in the secondary literature. Sixteen printed volumes are scheduled and will record her enormous and largely unpublished correspondence, previously published books, articles and pamphlets, many of which have long been out of print.

There will be full publication in electronic form, permitting readers to easily pursue their particular interests. Extensive databases, notably a chronology and a names index, will also be published in electronic form, again permitting convenient access to persons interested not only in Nightingale but in other figures of the time.

Lynn McDonald is a professor of sociology at the University of Guelph, Ontario. She is a former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Canada’s largest women’s organization. As a Member of Parliament (the first “Ms” in the House of Commons), her Non-smokers Health Act made Parliamentary history as a private member’s bill, and made Canada a world leader in the “tobacco wars.” She is the author of The Early Origins of the Social Sciences (1993), and The Women Founders of the Social Sciences (1994) and editor of Women Theorists on Society and Politics (WLU Press, 1998), all of which have significant sections on Florence Nightingale.

Reviews

“...the product of rigorous scholarship, of meticulous historical research—and a labour of love.”

Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale are probably the best-known British women of the last half of the 19th century. Nightingale’s work is valued by various communities: nursing, military medicine, British Army reform, public health, and so on. Whoever approaches these and other topics in the Victoria era must attend to Miss Nightingale. These splendid print and electronic volumes will markedly facilitate that attention.”

Canadian Bulletin of Medical History

“[R]ewards both the persistent reader who completes the 700 pages or so of actual letters and the reader who dips in and out at random....We are all indebted to Professor McDonald and her team for taking on this monumental task. We look forward to the progressive release of the volumes and to the ongoing work of Nightingale scholars around the world that will be fascilitated by having this huge resource available.”

— Judith Godden, University of Sydney, Nursing Inquiry

“[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, Ecclesiastical History

“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, Tyndale University College, Toronto, Anglican and Episcopal History

“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

Florence Nightingale: An Introduction to Her Life and Family

Table of Contents

Related interest

Biography and autobiography

History

Women's studies

By the same editor

Women Theorists on Society and Politics, Lynn McDonald, editor

Florence Nightingale at First Hand, Lynn McDonald

Florence Nightingale’s Spiritual Journey: Biblical Annotations, Sermons and Journal Notes: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 2, Lynn McDonald, editor

Florence Nightingale’s Theology: Essays, Letters and Journal Notes: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 3, Lynn McDonald, editor

Florence Nightingale on Mysticism and Eastern Religions: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 4, Gérard Vallée, editor

Florence Nightingale on Society and Politics, Philosophy, Science, Education and Literature: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 5, Lynn McDonald, editor

Florence Nightingale on Public Health Care: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 6, Lynn McDonald, editor

Florence Nightingale’s European Travels: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 7, Lynn McDonald, editor

Florence Nightingale on Women, Medicine, Midwifery and Prostitution: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 8, Lynn McDonald, editor

Florence Nightingale on Health in India: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 9, Gérard Vallée, editor

Florence Nightingale on Social Change in India: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 10, Gérard Vallée, editor

Florence Nightingale’s Suggestions for Thought: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 11, Lynn McDonald, editor

Florence Nightingale: The Nightingale School: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 12, Lynn McDonald, editor

Florence Nightingale: Extending Nursing: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 13, Lynn McDonald, editor

Florence Nightingale: The Crimean War: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 14, Lynn McDonald, editor

Florence Nightingale on Wars and the War Office: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 15, Lynn McDonald, editor

Florence Nightingale and Hospital Reform, Lynn McDonald, editor

Related link

Collected Works of Florence Nightingale Project Site