One book often cited, Reminiscences of Captain Gronow actually is one of FOUR books by Rees Howell Gronow, published in the 1860s. Although written as memoirs later in life, the amount of informative gossip keeps Gronow at the top of the “bibliography” lists in many Regency histories and biographies.
- Reminiscences of Captain Gronow (volume 1)
- Recollections and Anecdotes (volume 2)
- Celebrities of London and Paris (volume 3)
- Captain Gronow’s Last Recollections (volume 4)
The first book – the most famous of them – is also available *free* as an audio book at Librivox.
Gronow lived from 1794 to 1865. He attended Eton, served in the Napoleonic Wars, spent time in Debtors’ Prison, was a Member of Parliament who was ousted in a “void” election.