Life-Writings By British Women, 1660-1815: An Anthology

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A wide array of documents, many of which have been unavailable since their original publication, is included: memoirs of individual and family life, travel narratives, letters, appeals for funds, testimonies of spiritual conversion, and scandalous memoirs. The writers represented here range from ladies to servants, from spinsters to courtesans, from actresses to poets, from wronged wives to wives of men engaged in British colonization.

A comprehensive introduction by the editors explores the material conditions of women's lives in Restoration and eighteenth-century Britain and critically examines the genre of autobiography. Each selection is preceded by an explanatory headnote that places the document in its historical, cultural, and social contexts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555534325
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 6/9/2000
  • Pages: 416

Table of Contents

Women's Lives and Life-Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century (Johanna M. Smith and Carolyn A. Barros)
Memoirs of Lady Fanshawe, Wife of the Right Hon. Sir Richard Fanshawe
From Some Account of Circumstances in the Life of Mary Pennington
A Relation of Margaret Fell
The Life of that Faithful Servant of Christ, Jane Hoskens
The singular Experience and great Sufferings of Mrs. Agnes Beaumont
Memoirs of Mrs. Mary Churchman, relating to her Conversion
The Life and Adventures of Mrs. Christian Davies, Commonly Call'd Mother Ross
Miss Mary Blandy's Own Account of the affair between her and Mr.Cranstoun
A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Charlotte Charke
The Memoirs of Mrs. Catherine Jemmat
Letters of the Right Honourable Lady M-y W---y M---u (Lady Mary Wortley Montagu)
Letters from the Island of Teneriffe, Brazil, the Cape of Good Hope, and the East Indies (Jemima Kindersley)
Original Letters from India (Eliza Fay)
Facts. The Female Spy (Mary Tonkin)
An Apology for the Life of George Anne Bellamy
Genuine Memoirs of Jane Elizabeth Moore
Letters from the Right Honorable Lady Craven, to His Serene Highness the Margrave of Anspach (Lady Elisabeth Craven)
Mrs. Hill's Apology (Phillipina Hill)
Authentic and Interesting Memoirs of Miss Ann Sheldon
An Appeal to the Public, on the Conduct of Mrs. Gooch (Elizabeth Gooch)
The Life of Mrs. Robertson, (A Tale of Truth as well as of Sorrow) (Hannah Robertson)
Narrative of Two Voyages to the River Sierra Leone (Anna Maria Falconbridge)
The Confessions of the Countess of Strathmore (Mary Eleanor Bowes)
Memoirs of Mrs. Coghlan (Margaret Coghlan)
A Journey made in the Summer of 1794, through Holland and the Western Frontier of Germany (Ann Radcliffe)
A Voyage round the World, in the Gorgon man of war (Mary Ann Parker)
Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark (Mary Wollstonecraft)
Memoirs of the Late Mrs. Robinson (Mary Robinson)
A Journal of a Voyage to, and Residence in, the Island of Jamaica (Lady Maria Nugent)
"To the Reader" (Mary R. Stockdale)
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