My main blog, Two Teens in the Time of Austen, is an ongoing research blog about Emma Smith and Mary Gosling, two teens living life similar to the ladies in Austen’s novels. In Emma’s case, she marries (on 16 December 1828) the nephew of Jane Austen! Mary had already married Emma’s eldest brother, Sir Charles Joshua Smith, bart in 1826 — so it’s a pretty tight-knit family, with ties to Sir Walter Scott, Lord Horatio Nelson, banking and publishing, the British Navy, the English landed gentry. The generations I’m studying run from the 1760s through the 1840s. I’m actively seeking more diaries, letters, books, pictures. You can contact me at SmithandGosling [at] gmail [dot] com – to recommend books, crow about an original letter, or just say ‘hi’!

I am an avid reader; so I’d love to hear about recommended books — if you’ve loved it and think I might too, tell me!

I also welcome books for review — yes, reviews will be added to the pages when I find the time to re-read some of these books — but, please, keep to the theme of the blog: British history is the mainstay, though American history and even at times, French, Italian, German, Russian (not in those langauges; my skills are not that great…) history and biography have interested me. Due to my current research, however, late 18th and early 19th century Britain is what I love to hear and read about.

Will try to get my wish list (books I may or may not own, may not have finished reading, but which have caught my eye) and also a few more books up in order to give readers something to read!


2 comments on “About

  1. lifeangel07 says:

    Hi there! Thanks for putting up this blog. I hope you’d never get tired of sharing your knowledge of such periods in British History. God speed and more power to you! 🙂

  2. HelloI was very happy to discover your wonderful site.

    We are kindred spirits I believe.

    I live in the 19th century consciousness very much of the time… as much as possible

    Please visit my web site re. my book and also projects underway from it.
    Would like to talk with you about a movie I want to make re my book..
    I need a short video clip for an opening scene for my movie.
    The clip should show a pretty young lady (age 24-30 approx.) dressed in 19th century style. She should skillfully be driving a lightweight “Dainty Turnout” carriage with one or two “spirited horses”.

    This opening scene is inspired by a 19th century news item in my book about Theresa Vaughn (1863-1903).
    This movie is a very romantic reenactment and commemoration of Theresa. If possible the video should be filmed along the ocean and show no signs of the modern world …no telephone wires etc.

    I would be willing to pay a reasonable fee for the clip.
    Please let me know if you can help spread the word in my quest.
    Or wish to get involved with the project(s)

    Best regards,
    Leonard Schneider

    Augusta Maine

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