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 The bibliography may be a bit out of date (ie, I’ve MORE to add), but there you will find some online books as well as books you’ll discover in used bookstores or in the library.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.

Mrs Hurst Dancing

Publisher / date: Victor Gollancz / 1981
Pages: foreword; introduction; 70 full-color plates; postscript {about 160 pgs}
genre: Art

After introducing Sophie du Pont, how can I not introduce readers to the delightful Mrs Hurst Dancing & Other Scenes from Regency Life, 1812-1823; watercolors by Diana Sperling; text by Gordon Mingay.

Reading about Diana Sperling’s family and life will leave you wanting to know more; her works of art will leave you wanting to fetch your pencils and watercolors. The text covers enough to explain and expand on the drawings. You learn about Diana’s family, her life at Dynes Hall (Essex), the trouble with donkeys, horses, and spiders!

I first learned of this book on a trip to Riversdale. The period of Rosalie Calvert’s letters overlap with these drawings.

Diana’s watercolors were one set among three discussed in my talk entitled “Georgiana Darcy and the ‘Naive Art’ of Young Ladies”. As one Amazon reviewer of this book mentions, “contemporary artists are a remarkable source of … information.”

Diana’s circle of family and friends led lives similar to the Smiths&Goslings, Dynes Hall being a neighboring estate to Suttons (though I’ve yet to find the families visited each other); lovers of Jane Austen’s novels will adore this visual glimpse of  day-to-day life in a period covered by her novels.

My “Leap Day” 2012 Present. Enjoy!