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Find out more about Elizabeth Montagu and the Bluestocking Circle. 

 

Published Letters

Blunt, Reginald, Mrs Montagu ‘Queen of the Blues’, Her Letters and Friendships from 1762 to 1800, 2 vols (Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1924)

Climenson, Emily J., Elizabeth Montagu, the Queen of the Bluestockings, Her Correspondence from 1720 to 1761, 2 vols (London: John Murray, 1906)

Doran, John, A Lady of the Last Century (Mrs Elizabeth Montagu): Illustrated in her Unpublished Letters (London: Richard Bentley, 1873), 2nd ed.

Gaussen, Alice C. C., ed., A Later Pepys: The Correspondence of William Weller Pepys, 2 vols (London & New York, John Lane: The Bodley Head, 1804)

Kelly, Gary, ed., Bluestocking Feminism: Writings of the Bluestocking Circle, 1738-1785, 6 vols [1999] (London & New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis, 2016) 

Montagu, Matthew, ed., The Letters of Mrs Elizabeth Montagu, with some of the Letters of her Correspondents, 4 vols (London: T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1809-1813)

Pennington, Montagu, ed., Letters from Mrs Elizabeth Carter to Mrs Montagu, between the years 1755 and 1800, chiefly upon Literary and Moral Subjects, 3 vols (London: F.C. & J. Rivington, 1817)

Pohl, Nicole, ed., The Letters of Sarah Scott, 2 vols (London & New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis, 2016)

 

Secondary Sources

Brant, Clare, Eighteenth-Century Letters and British Culture (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

Clarke, Norma, Dr Johnson’s Women (London: Pimlico, 2005)

Eger, Elizabeth, Bluestockings: Portraiture, Performance and Patronage, 1730-1830 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)

---, ed. Bluestockings Displayed: Women of Reason from Enlightenment to Romanticism (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

Eger, Elizabeth, and Peltz, Lucy, Brilliant Women:18th-Century Bluestockings (Yale: Yales University Press, 2008)

Franklin, Caroline, ed. Women’s Writing: The Material Culture of Eighteenth-century Women's Writing (vol. 21, Issue 3, 2014)

Guest, Harriet, Small Change: Women, Learning, Patriotism, 1750-1810 (Chicago University Press, 2000.

Harcstark Myers, Sylvia, The Bluestocking Circle: Women, Friendship, and the Life of the Mind in Eighteenth-Century England (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990)

Heller, Deborah, ed., Bluestockings Now! The Evolution of a Social Role (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015)

Huchon, René Louis, Mrs Montagu and her Friends (London: John Murray, 1907)

Major, Emma , Madam Britannia:  Women, Church and Nation, 1712-1812 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)

Pohl, Nicole, ed., Huntington Library Quarterly: The Commerce of Life: Elizabeth Montagu (vol. 81, No. 4, 2018)

Pohl, Nicole & Schellenberg, Betty, eds, Reconsidering the Bluestockings (San Marino, California: Henry E. Huntington Library, 2003)

Prendergast, Amy, Literary Salons Across Britain and Ireland in the Long Eighteenth Century (Hampshire: Palgrave, 2015)

 

Digital Projects

Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers https://www.digitalcollections.manchester.ac.uk/collections/maryhamilton/1

Georgian Papers Project https://gpp.rct.uk 

Electronic Enlightenment https://www.e-enlightenment.com 

The Collected Letters of Hannah More http://hannahmoreletters.co.uk/Letters/

Jane Austen Fiction Manuscripts https://janeausten.ac.uk/index.html


Other resources

‘The Bluestockings’, In Our Time, BBC Radio 4, https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b045c0h9