Creevey and Croker

Sorry to duplicate some of what you will today find on my main blog, Two Teens in the Time of Austen, but today’s post really does BELONG here too:

I was letting my fingers do the walking through my downstairs bookcase – and plucked an old paperback “selection” of Thomas Creevey’s papers. Gosh! I remember when I first bought this: I hankered after the THREE books it was based on. Guess what? you can pretty much find them online now… Ah, it had taken at least some dusty stacks grabbing (if not storage…) to find the Maxwell edition. A lot of work to find them back then.

So here I’m posting links, including those of a “rival” John Wilson Croker.

Thomas Creevey (left) left letters – and if he DID leave diaries, they’ve not been traced and may have been “swallowed up” by those not wanting his thoughts and opinions to leak out.

My paperback is a reprint edition edited by John Gore, called Thomas Creevey’s Papers, 1793-1838.

I was reading Gore’s introduction last evening. Gore’s 1944 compilation had been preceded by Sir Herbert Maxwell’s 1904 2-volume set. Gore had worked not to duplicate items. Gore writes of Maxwell’s work “taking Edwardian London by storm”. We should all be so lucky…

  • The Creevey Papers, edited by Sir Herbert Maxwell: vol I, vol II – this is via Internet Archive, but is a Google book. It looks like both volumes are in one. Another link; here’s a two-volume set: vol I; vol II. I like the “set” because vol II has a portrait of MRS Creevey (right) – and you know I’d rather read about the ladies.
  • Creevey’s Life and Times, edited by John Gore seems not online — yet?!

In reading the introduction, I was reminded of John Wilson Croker (below)- his works cover nearly the same period.

I can’t say much about either man – never read Croker and it’s been years since I’ve dipped into Creevey. I based a character in two short-stories on his sister. Should look into getting those stories published…


A Departure: plugging Bas Bleu

Adding a couple of links to my Book Nook page, I clicked on the Bas Bleu link, and went through their entire catalogue. Oh, where to find the time to READ so many interesting books?!

I see Kate Atkinson has a new book out… And ditto Susan Vreeland (I loved her Girl in Hyacinth Blue, among others)… A retelling of Jane Eyre in The Flight of Gemma Hardy… Many Georgette Heyer titles… And some Jane Austen-related bits and pieces. Gotta have a closer look myself at a couple of items, including the book Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle. Sounds like maybe Julian Fellowes did a bit of archival sleuthing…

Watercolor postcard kits make me think of my Smith&Gosling girls, Emma and Mary. No kidding: there are letters, I’m thinking of one by Emma’s youngest sister, Maria, where a sketch covers the first half of the first page.

And what a BETTER find than:

A Working Bibliography: Regency era England

It dawned on me today, as I reading the intro to the book The Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney (more later on that excellent source) that I’ve TONS of books to share with readers listed in the bibliography to Two Teens in the Time of Austen.

I’ve been researching Mary Gosling (left) and Emma Smith (right) — also known as Lady Smith and her sister-in-law Emma Austen Leigh, for five years now. The bibliography may be a bit out of date (ie, I’ve MORE to add), but there you will find some online books as well as books you’ll discover in used bookstores or in the library.

Books range from Jane Austen — Emma after all married Jane’s nephew, James Edward Austen — to James Woodforde, the Country Parson. Scroll down till you get to SECONDARY (PUBLISHED) SOURCES.

**I’m always LOOKING for such bibliographic lists — can never have enough books! Always at least one hidden gem… Email me (smithandgosling [at] gmail [dot] com) if you’ve come across some useful finds. Keep in mind, I’m looking for “scholarly” primary editions, good biographies, and travel- or art-related items => no fiction please.

Mrs Thrale and Fanny Burney

Quick note: Yesterday and Today I posted on The Ladies of Llangollen and Two Teens in the Time of Austen about Mrs Thrale and, inevitably, Fanny Burney. These ladies also deserve mention here, at Regency Reads.

The Ladies of Llangollen has links to some useful online Thrale sources.

Two Teens in the Time of Austen just posted links to 19th century editions of Fanny Burney’s letters & journals.