New: Online Diaries

How I could neglect SO LONG in collecting together all the WEBSITES that reproduce diaries (and coming soon, letters), I just don’t know. You will find them under the tab DIARIES ONLINE.

While I track down more that I have come across over the years, I start with FOUR sites that were true *FINDS* indeed:

  • Gertrude Savile’s diaries, on Twitter
  • Miss Fanny Chapman’s diaries
  • Lady Charlotte Bridgeman’s journals
  • the theatre comments of John Waldie

This group covers Britain (and sometimes beyond) from the early 1720s into and beyond the 1850s. Each diarist has a fascinating tale to tell, and a compelling voice with which they narrate. Some are presented “whole”; some have accompanying links to page images, if you wish to try deciphering them yourself.

a page from Charlotte Bridgeman’s journal


Diaries for Dana

mauSince reading the blog comments of Dana, I’ve been mentally picking books to recommend – the ones that came first to mind were two already discussed here, including the one book I simply cannot say enough GOOD THINGS about: The Diary of Sarah Hurst.

diaries_sarah_hurstDana was hoping for diaries – by women! – where the writer shared thoughts and feelings.

There are many I could recommend, but fewer that are what Dana requires: “more detailed”.

So tonight, a few that have come to mind. Hopefully, people’s comments will elicit a bit more commentary about the books – for, it’s getting late and has been a long day. But if there’s ONE THING I LOVE TO TALK ABOUT, it’s BOOKS!

Every time I go upstairs, I see the cover of one of the most delightful books – not only do you get a GREAT sense of the writer, she was an artist too! It’s an old book, published back in the 1980s. maudIt had its US and UK versions (I do presume the interior of the book remained unchanged), and therefore had also two dust covers. Spend the extra and find a copy with its jacket — you will be glad to have the “whole” package.

maud-2Maud’s late-Victorian thoughts and hijinks are just a delight – and, as you can see by the cover art, she was a wonderful artist! How I wish author Flora Fraser had published more along this line. And more about Maud Berkeley!

I was going to keep on going, but maybe I’ll save my next for another blog post. Maud certainly deserves to be at the head of a list, not one among many. A very special book – and diary.


Upcoming and Noteworthy

A short note to say “Welcome, 2013” and “Happy New Year” to readers of Regency Reads.

I’ve posted a new page, Exciting & New, which features books unread (most are yet-to-be published) that have gained my attention. Want to tout a book (new or old!): Do make contact. I haven’t devoted a lot of time to this blog, but I’d love to make it a real source for those desiring their British history to have a primary-source focus.

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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…