The Philosophy of Beards
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(s): Thomas S. Gowing
- Publisher: The British Library
- Publication date: October 2014
- Pages: 80 pages
- Dimensions: 200 x 130mm, 10 black and white illustrations
- Binding: Hardback