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The Philosophy of Beards [PDF / EPUB] The Philosophy of Beards Sure to be popular in the hipper precincts of Brooklyn to say nothing of the Pacific Northwest this eccentric Victorian volume makes a strong case for the universal wearing of beards   Reminding us t Sure to be popular in the hipper precincts of Brooklyn to say nothing of the Pacific Northwest this eccentric Victorian volume makes a strong case for the universal wearing of beards   Reminding us that since ancient times the beard has been an essential symbol of manly distinction Thomas S Gowing whom we trust had a spectacular beard presents a moral case for eschewing the bitter bite of the razor He The Philosophy ePUB Ñ contrasts the vigor and daring of the bearded—say lumberjacks and Lincoln—with the undeniable effeminacy of the shaven Manliness is found in the follicles and the modern man should not forget that “ladies by their very nature like everything manly” and cannot fail to be charmed by a fine “flow of curling comeliness” Even old men can hold on to their vitality via their beards “The Beard keeps gradually covering varying and beautifying and imparts new graces even to decay by highlighting all that is still pleasing veiling all that is repulsive”   A truly strange polemic The Philosophy of Beards is as charming as it is bizarre the perfect gift for the manly man in your life.

  • Hardcover
  • 80 pages
  • The Philosophy of Beards
  • Thomas S. Gowing
  • 03 October 2014
  • 9780712357661

10 thoughts on “The Philosophy of Beards

  1. says:

    I was given a copy of The Philosophy of Beards for Christmas by one of my very best friends who clearly knows me too well Everything about it the Victorian era the tongue in cheek style and the very existence of the beard appeals to me greatly The book is eccentric and humorous as all of the best Victorian tomes are and I am fully behind its message of 'the universal wearing of a beard' It is essentially a love letter to bearded men as well as presenting a relatively thorough worldwide history of beard wearing practices Just splendid Beard fans such as myself will love it

  2. says:

    A bearded Santa Claus gifted me this delightful little 80 pages many of which are illustrated book It's a masculine toned lecture albeit good hud on the philosophy of beards I personally like the appearance of men with well groomed beards or stubble According to Mr Gowing I'm not the only one All Homer's heroes are bearded Poor Cæsar the real founder of the empire before appearing in the Senate shaved Alas we all know his fate

  3. says:

    Short and sweet this book explores the beards across international cultures as a classic symbol of manhood It's a good book to clear the mind no need to concentrate a lot while reading it

  4. says:

    Thomas Gowing gave a lecture one evening in the early 1850s which so amused and fascinated his audience that a publisher agreed to put it into print Not for the first time then we have a new edition of The Philosophy of Beards Gowing put together everything he could find on beards throughout history There are chapters on various societies around the world describing how beards were appreciated In some men trimmed their hairs into varying numbers of points Others decorated their beards with gold and jewels Some grew their beards down to their feet Various religions have at various times condemned beards and forbade men from shaving them off Men forced to shave have saved every hair in order to be buried with them so they could get into heaven Beards do not provide insulation warmth or cooling By the time he reaches 80 “27 feet will have fallen under the edge of the razor” Gowing saysBeards had all kinds of significance Kings wore styles exclusive to them and so on down through the ranks You could tell a man’s status by his beard In Turkey going without was the sign of a slave or a woman and upon being given their freedom slaves immediately let their beards grow It is not for nothing that in Islam “By the beard of the prophet” is about as serious as you can get about some claim In Saudi Arabia cutting off a beard was the most severe of punishments Today’s Taliban make it a central reuirement – men must have beardsThe ultimate in beard stories has to be Louis VII of France His priests convinced him to shave and it so disgusted his wife Eleanor that the church granted her a divorce on that basis She went on to marry Henry II of England Her dowry contained a couple of entire regions of France which caused endless wars over the next 300 years Three million French were killed in them – all over the lack of a beard The Philosophy of Beards is a fun little book peppered with drawings of various styles It reads and works just like TED Talks do today with accompanying print versions available later Even 175 years laterDavid Wineberg

  5. says:

    WThis book is a satirical essay about absolute necessity of keeping a beard for every respected male and was first published in 1854This fresh imprint by #thebritushlibrarypublishing relives that philosophical argument which throws light on this aspect of male existanceIts langusge is tough as expected from old english writers and sometimes little repetitiveAuthor explains history of beards and how kings Monarchs soldiers and priests valued their beards in gold History of beards and present status is discussedHe also explains benefits of a long sturdy beard including its charmfullness for all ladiesAt one point you could find lines like we have lost our beards so we have lost our soulsDifferent sort of small writing which has nice portraits depicting various fashionable beardsAny man who agrees that keeping beard is organic and natural should read it to strengthen their resolve of growing a gracefull beardMay be you could hear it it says Boy grow that beard for your own sakeThanks edelweiss plus and publisher for review copy

  6. says:

    It's really my fault for having unfair expectations and judging a book by it's cover I thought this book would be fun and witty and well it was ok

  7. says:

    This booklet was originally delivered as a lecture in the mid 19th century expanded and published as a book that same year and finally republished by the British Library in 2016 It is a fascinating and detailed look at the mid late Victorian beard boom in which the wearing of beards was across every stratum of society associated with manliness morality and solid upright Englishness The beard and everything about it how well it was kept length fullness game under scrutiny as an outward extension of interior perfectibility Gowing heavily associates the shaved man with a certain level of uestionable morality which gave voice to a Victorian fear of the effeminized man who associated with foreigners and had sex with other menIn this vein Gowing analyzes the beard across time it's association with societal success and downfall and compares the beards of the effeminate Chinese with other industrious cultures He draws a parallel between what he considers the morally upright times in Rome with the hedonistic downfall of Rome and who was wearing beards in each period the citizens or the slaves Naturally during the hedonistic downfall of Rome only the slaves were manly enough to wear beards but in Romes respectable past the citizens wore beards and the slaves shaved This is only a glimpse into the growing Victorian division of masculinity from femininity which we inherit many of modern our gender norms from Anyone who has any interest in the birth of the gendered treatment of hair must read this book

  8. says:

    You have to love the Victorian prose and humor; if you don't then this book is not for you With the increasing growth of vice and effeminacy among this once hardy race the decreasing of Beard kept paceAnd that's one of the many arguments the author makes to keep the Beard a natural feature of the male face and that the Creator intended it for distinction protection and ornament Gowing even sets out to redeem the most despised of all Beards the red ones by claiming their poor fame is nothing but a calumny probably traced to the belief that Judas Eucariotes wore one His words on a guy who recently shaved Deprived of this fringe the colour of his cheeks looked spotty his nose forlorn and wretched and his whole face like a house on a hill top exposed to the north east from which the sheltering plantations had been ruthlessly removed The book can be read in less than an hour and I highly recommend it if you liked the citations above and I'll file this book in my philosophy shelf because as Gowing would say the truly wise always wear Beard

  9. says:

    “The sooner we cease to shave the sooner we wipe out the remembrance of a disgraceful period of our history”I stumbled by chance on this book and I have to admit that it caught me with its uniue subject matter The book was delicate and well put It started with a lovely Shakespearean uotation as an entry to the research The author then goes on mentioning the scientific and health benefits of the beard and how its natural growth is a must to stay as healthy as a horse The author goes on mentioning the artistic beauty of the beard then dives into the ancient and historical significance of beard and the greatness of bearded men against the inferiority of shaved men The author continues to move closer to the present time of beards up until the time of Henry II Francis I and Charles II in a beautiful seuence that keeps you focused All in all the book was a pleasure to read and the uniueness of the subject matter and the style of the book is than worthwhile

  10. says:

    It's mildly interesting to see how people thought and argued their point in the Victorian era but the content of the book itself is unremarkable

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