I Take Up My Pen: 19th Century British Women Writers



The items cited below are on display in the exhibit.  For full-text online versions of some of our recent eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women's writing, click here.


"The Age of Female Novelists"

Jane Austen.  Pride and Prejudice.  London: Printed for T. Egerton, 1817.  Riess A933P

Charlotte Bronte.  Jane Eyre.  London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 1847. Riess B869J

Annie Edwards.  Archie Lovell.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1868. D-12 E26A

George Eliot.  Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life.  Edinburgh: W. Blackwood, 1871-72.  E-15B E42M

Elizabeth Gaskell.  North and South.  In Household Words, 1854-55.  (vol. 10 displayed) Dickens Per D548H

Mrs. (Catherine) Gore.  The Ambassador’s Wife.  London; New York: Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, 1863. D-12 G666A  * Full Text Available Online


Women Poets

Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte.  Poems.  London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1848.  Riess B869P

Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning.  Two Poems.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1854. E #12754

Michael Field.  Sight and Song.  London: E. Matthews and J. Lane, 1892. 822.91 F455S LSC

Christina Rossetti.  Goblin Market and Other Poems.  London: Macmillan, 1865. E #389

Christina Rossetti.  Goblin Market.  Illustrated by Laurence Housman.  London: Macmillan, 1893.  A-24 R829G


Prescription and Tradition

Lady Colin Campbell.  Etiquette of Good Society.  London: Cassell, 1894. E 12mo #6031

Etiquette for Ladies.  London: Frederick Warne, ca. 1874.   Miniature #45

E. Lynn Linton.  The Girl of the Period.  London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1883.  D-12 L761G

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Catherine Moss.  Every-day Work in the Household: A Book for Girls in the Domestic Service…  London: Bemrose, 1892.  LSC 596

Mrs. (Ann) Taylor.  Practical Hints to Young Females, On the Duties of a Wife, a Mother, and a Mistress of a Family.  London: Taylor, 1815.  E 12mo#6202

Mrs. Alexander Walker.  The Young Ladies’ Letter Writer: Containing Outlines of Letters Adapted to the Habits and Minds of Young Ladies of All Ages.  London: Milner and Co., 1875?.  E 12mo#6515


Writing the Domestic

Maria Elizabeth Budden.  Right and Wrong: Exhibited in the History of Rosa and Agnes.  London: J. Harris and Son, 1822. E 12mo#6016

Mary Hughs.  A Mother’s Care Rewarded.  London: William Darton, 1824. D-12 H894M

L. T. Meade.  Dot and Her Treasures.  London: J. F. Shaw, ca. 1880s.  E #10263

The Child’s Duty.  London: J. Harris, 1828. D-12 C537

Woman’s Life.  London: G. Newnes, 1895-1934. E #20592


Participating in the Public

Besant, Annie Wood.  The Redistribution of Political Power.  London: Freethought Publishing Co., 1895. Pam. Coll. 15756

Besant, Annie Wood.  Why I Am a Socialist.  London: n.p., 1886.  Pam. Coll. 15505

Mrs. (Jane) Marcet.  Conversations on Chemistry.  Hartford: Cooke, 1833. 540 M314C LSC

Harriet Martineau.  Illustrations of Political Economy.  London: Charles Fox, 1834. PR4984 .M5 I458 1834 (Perkins)

Poems: An Offering to Lancashire.  London: E. Faithfull, Victoria Press, 1863.  A-24 P744O


Public Debate: The Pen as a Feminist Tool

Webb, Beatrice.  Women and the Factory Acts.  London: The Fabian Society, 1896.  HX11 .F25 (Perkins; in volume “Fabian Tracts”)

Josephine Butler.  Woman’s Work and Woman’s Culture: A Series of Essays.  London: Macmillan, 1869. E #20967

Mona Caird.  The Morality of Marriage, and Other Essays on the Status and Destiny of Woman.  London: G. Redway, 1897.  E #14931

Frances Power Cobbe.  Our Policy: An Address to Women Concerning the Suffrage.  London: Printed by W. Wilfred Head, 1880? E Pam #3998

Martineau, Harriet.  Society in America.  London: Saunders and Otley, 1837. E #1746

Helen Taylor.  “Women and Criticism.” In Macmillan’s Magazine, 1866. M167 LSC

Women’s Penny Paper.  Westminster, London: Women’s Printing Society, 1888-1890. (vol. 2 displayed) E f#416


Women as Professional Writers

Frances Freeling Broderip.  “Only a Woman.”  From the Frances Freeling Broderip Papers, 1848-1877.

E. Lynn Linton.  Letter to Mrs. Thomas Wardle, December 8, 1894.  From the Sir Thomas Wardle Papers. 

Margaret Oliphant.  The Autobiography and Letters of Mrs. M. O. W. Oliphant.  New York: Dodd, Mead and Co., 1899.  H 928.2 O47

Jane Roberts.  Diary, 1833-39.  6th 16:B


Women and the Wider World: Travel Writing and Diaries

Frances M. Harvey.  Journal of a tour up the Nile, Feb. 17-Mar. 10 1892.  2nd 64:B (Sm. Brit. Vols, Box 6)

Mary Kingsley.  Travels in West Africa, Congo Francais, Corisco and Cameroons.  London: Macmillan, 1897.  916 K55T

North India diary, by an unknown Englishwoman, 1861 May 1-1865 Mar. 29.   Sec. A

Dorothea Jane Stephen.  Diary, April 1-August 17 1887.  2nd 78:K

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