Harriette Wilson's Memoirs & Beau Brummel
Posted by Leanne S on June 18, 1998 at 12:02:59:
I read these recently -- an edited version (the editor took out repetition -- probably Harriette harping on about her sister or Ponsonby or someone). Anyway, it was quite an interesting and different view from our dear Jane. She's quite amusing in parts in, I guess, a slightly vulgar way. And quite aware of her inability to attend Almack's.
Anyway, I've also recently read a biography on Brummel (I don't have the book to hand but it was written back in the 1940's) which said that Harriette was nasty to Brummel because he slighted her advances -- but in Harriette's memoirs, it is not only she who discourages his (she was being "protected" by someone else at the time - Argyle, I think) but they also have great fun together quizzing the rest of the company ... doesn't sound like animosity to me.
At any rate, I began to take the Brummel book with a pinch of salt -- too much lauding of praises and author's opinions rather than just the facts ma'am. Nice plates though, which I may scan sometime ...
Thoughts on any of this?
- What was the publisher's name? How recent was it published? Mary Collette 13:57:10 6/19/98 (1)
- Publishing details for both books.... Leanne S 15:19:11 6/20/98 (0)
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