Isabella Beeton (1836–1865) was an English journalist and editor, and
the author of Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management. She married
Samuel Orchart Beeton, an ambitious publisher and magazine editor, in
1856. Less than a year later, she began writing for one of his
publications, The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine. She translated
French fiction and wrote the cookery column, though all the recipes were
plagiarised from other works, or sent in by the magazine's readers. In
1859 the Beetons launched a series of 48-page monthly supplements to the
magazine; the 24 instalments were published in one volume as the Book of
Household Management in October 1861, which sold 60,000 copies in the
first year. Isabella was working on an abridged version of her book when
she died of puerperal fever at the age of 28. She had given birth to
four children, two of whom died in infancy, and had had several
miscarriages. Two of her biographers posit the theory that Samuel had
unknowingly contracted syphilis in a premarital liaison with a
prostitute, and had passed the condition on to his wife.
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