Pamela's Daughters

Pamela's Daughters

Pamela's Daughters

Pamela's Daughters

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These studies had their beginning in the winter of 1919-20 when R. P. U. suggested to the editor of the Woman's Home Companion, then Mrs. Underwood, an article on Fashions in Heroines. She approved the idea, and he began the work. He has been at it off and on from then to the date of this writing. For the first seven years he carried it on sporadically in intervals, sometimes wide-spaced, of other work. In the winter of 1927-28 he carried the project to Europe, and there made notes of visual impressions of the shifting silhouette in medieval and renaissance paintings. On his return, G. B. N. joined the enterprise, and it went on more steadily, but necessarily slowly because of the enormous amount of material we must sift, select and organize.

We have tried to conceal the labor of the process, but the fact must be obvious that if the work were presented exhaustively it would be a pretty complete history of civilization. There have been times when we felt that it would be easier to spend a lifetime or two on the work and make a volume of each chapter than to try to condense it within the compass we had set ourselves. But lifetimes are not easy to come by, and we held to our plan of making for this time a sketch map indicating the main features of the ground; then we, or whoever will, may survey more in detail if and when we can. Meanwhile we ask our critics to believe that we have no illusions as to the finality of our work up to this point. We have made only a reconnaisance; we hope and trust that when the final survey is made the details will accord with the features we have laid down.

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