Books for further study of 18th & 19th century life:
- A Gentleman's Daughter, Women's Lives in Georgian England by Amanda Vickery, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1998. This title is based on the statement by Elizabeth Bennett in Pride & Prejudice to Lady Catherine de Burgh, when the latter told Elizabeth she was not good enough to marry Mr. Darcy. "He is a gentleman, and I am a gentleman's daughter!" This work draws upon rich collections of diaries and letters of gentlewomen in Georgian England to reveal the intimate details of these women's lives. It is goldmine in women's history as it tells us about women's daily lives using primary source material of letters and diaries.
- English Society in the 18th Century; Roy Porter. Penguin, 1990. This book details daily life on every level of society, from princes to paupers. Porter discusses everything from diet, housing, stay making, bordellos and domestic gadgets. He gives information on expenditures and salaries, prices for everyday things, as well as info on politics and the law. A vast resource for anyone wishing to study 18th Century English Society.
- Regency Recollections, Captain Grondow's Guide to Life in London and Paris, R.H. Grondow, Edited by Christopher Summerville, Ravenhill books, 2009. This is the true life memoir of Reese Howel Gronow, a Regency Dandy. He lived from 1794-1865. In it you will find a manual for regency etiquette, a contemporary account of life between 1810 and 1820, and an Ideal companion to Jane Austen and Regency literature.
- An Elegant Madness; High Society in Regency England, Venetia Murray, Penguin1998. Another rich book of regency manners, social more's and expectations. A great resource for anyone researching life in Regency times, complete with meticulous bibliographical notes from primary and secondary source material, and illustrations.
Books about Mary Wollstonecraft
Vindication, A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft; by Lyndall Gordon, Harper-Collins, 2005.
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Revolutionary Life, Janet Todd, Columbia University Press, 2000.
The Life & Death of Mary Wollstonecraft, Claire Tomalin, 1974 .
A Vindication of the Rights of Women, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1792, reprinted by Dover, 1996.