The Sylph

Author: Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire,Georgiana Spencer Cavendish (Duchess of Devonshire)

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 0810122294

Category: Fiction

Page: 306

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This ranging epistolary novel follows Julia Grenville, a Welsh beauty who knows little of the world until her marriage to the older Lord Stanley. Through Julia’s letters to her sister, readers learn more of Julia’s new life in London—her unfaithful husband, her miscarriage, her disillusionment with the city and its fashions. Other letters reveal that Julia has a longtime admirer, Harry Woodley, from her former life, as well as a mysterious guardian angel: her Sylph. This character guides Julia away from the depravities of her life in London, including her gambling problem. The Sylph is also another sympathetic ear to Julia’s increasing marital dissatisfaction and growing affinity for another man, the Baron Ton-hausen. As Julia nearly falls prey to the overzealous admirations of one of her husband’s associates, her husband is consumed by gambling debts to that same associate. She is shocked to discover the depths of her husband’s ruin and plans to flee to Wales before she too can be claimed in payment. Her disgraced husband takes the ultimate way out and Julia goes home to her father and sister in Wales. Her Sylph is not far behind, however, and soon reveals himself to Julia to be more than she could have ever imagined.

The Duchess

Author: Amanda Foreman

Publisher: HarperPerennial

ISBN: 9780007285754

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 463

View: 2455

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, like her descendant, Diana, Princess fo Wales, was publicly adored but personally troubled. From her complex mňage ̉trois with her husband and best friend to her vast gambling debts; from her adoration of her children to her passionate but doomed love for Earl Grey, she was a fascinating, contradictory woman whose story still resonates today.

The Face Without a Frown

Author: Iris Leveson Gower

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781781555576


Page: 224

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Georgiana's story is surely one of the most compelling and dramatic in late Georgian society and is the subject of numerous books and the highly successful film The Duchess. Love affairs, tragedy, high society, gambling and a host of illegitimate children are shared between herself, her best friend, her lover and her husband. A young emotionally demonstrative girl is married to an elderly reserved duke. She finds herself unprepared for her duties as duchess and discovers that her husband already has a mistress with whom he had a daughter. All the duke requires of Georgiana is to provide him with an heir--and this she seems--at first--unable to do. Starved of affection, Georgiana throws herself into the fashionable world and becomes the darling of society. Where Georgiana leads others follow and she set the fashions, whether for three foot high ostrich feathers or tall towers of hair with elaborate decorations. In 1782, the duke and duchess meet the fascinating Lady Elizabeth Foster, recently separated from her husband and living in restricted circumstances. Elizabeth attaches herself to Georgiana and is invited to return home with them. She becomes not only a close friend to Georgiana, but a mistress to the duke and bears him two illegitimate children. Surprisingly Georgiana supports this strange 'ménage à trois', but nevertheless she continues her bedroom duties to the duke eventually bearing him two daughters, and finally in 1790, the much sought-after son. The true love of Georgiana's life is the handsome young Whig politician, Charles Grey. She embarks upon an affair and in 1791 faces the worst crisis of her life when she discovers she is carrying his child. The duke gives an ultimatum--give up Grey and the child--or never see her three children again. She chooses her children.

A Historical Dictionary of British Women

Author: Cathy Hartley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135355339

Category: History

Page: 512

View: 3458

This reference book, containing the biographies of more than 1,100 notable British women from Boudicca to Barbara Castle, is an absorbing record of female achievement spanning some 2,000 years of British life. Most of the lives included are those of women whose work took them in some way before the public and who therefore played a direct and important role in broadening the horizons of women. Also included are women who influenced events in a more indirect way: the wives of kings and politicians, mistresses, ladies in waiting and society hostesses. Originally published as The Europa Biographical Dictionary of British Women, this newly re-worked edition includes key figures who have died in the last 20 years, such as The Queen Mother, Baroness Ryder of Warsaw, Elizabeth Jennings and Christina Foyle.

The Satirical Gaze

Author: Cindy McCreery

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199267569

Category: Art

Page: 316

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This is a scholarly study which focuses on satirical prints of women in the late 18th century. Cindy McCreery's detailed exploration of this relatively neglected genre extends our knowledge of contemporary attitudes towards women and offers a new dimension to our understanding of Georgian culture.

Framing Childhood in Eighteenth-century English Periodicals and Prints, 1689-1789

Author: Anja Müller

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754665038

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 286

View: 9227

Shedding light on an important and neglected topic in childhood studies, Anja Müller interrogates how different concepts of childhood proliferated and were construed in eighteenth-century periodicals and satirical prints. In examining links between text and image, Müller uncovers the role these media played in the genealogy of childhood prior to the 1790s, challenging the myth that situates the origin of childhood in late eighteenth-century England.

The Queens of Society

Author: Mrs. A. T. Thomson,Philip Wharton

Publisher: N.A


Category: Women

Page: 533

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A Letter to the Women of England and The Natural Daughter

Author: Mary Robinson

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 1551112361

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 4912

Mary Robinson’s A Letter to the Women of England (1799) is a radical response to the rampant anti-feminist sentiment of the late 1790s. In this work, Robinson encourages her female contemporaries to throw off the “glittering shackles” of custom and to claim their rightful places as the social and intellectual equals of men. Separately published in the same year, Robinson’s novel The Natural Daughter follows the story of Martha Morley, who defies her husband’s authority, adopts a found infant, is barred from her husband’s estate and is driven to seek work as an actress and author. The novel implicitly links and critiques domestic tyrants in England and Jacobin tyrants in France. This edition also includes: other writings by Mary Robinson (tributes, and an excerpt from The Progress of Liberty); writings by contemporaries on women, society, and revolution; and contemporary reviews of both works.