Posted by Anna on June 30, 1997 at 06:52:47:
In reply to Read any good books lately? posted by Caroline on June 27, 1997 at 15:56:27
] What are people using to find out about Regency life? What particular things interest you anyway? have you found anything interesting on the net or outside it that you think is a useful source of information? I'd love to know!
I was a the height of my interest about 12 months ago; I read every book on JA and her times that our local (provincial) uni library had. As it was purely fo rmy own interest I haven't kept notes but of the ones generally available; Maggie Lane's are good (England, food that I am aware of, but I think there are others), and the 'What JA ate' one was one of the least accurate (either that or all the others where wrong - but it said boots where more formal than shoes for men, and even I know that's wrong). One book I bought via Amazon was intended for high school/college teachers and covers a great deal of stuff (social, society, money, criticism) although briefly, and has the best discussion of 'how rich are they' I've come across; it is "Approaches to Teaching Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice" ed Marcia Mc Clintock Folsom, pub Modern Language Association of America, ISBN 0873527143.
I'm interested in all the details of daily life at the time; what they did, why, how; you name it. Besides the books, all the worthwhile web pages I found are now linked here (not by me); HC's is the best IMO. I've just ordered a book discussing conduct for young ladies from Amazon - it was advertised on Austen-L last week; Idon't have the details at home, but could post them tommorow if you like.
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