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The Bluestocking Circle: Women, Friendship, and the Life of the Mind in Eighteenth-Century England

Sylvia Harcstark Myers


In 1734 Swift wrote to Mary Granville: ‘A pernicious error prevails…that it is the duty of your sex to be fools’. As Mrs Delaney, she was to become one of a group of intelligent women who actively denied such a duty, and whose literary receptions drew in many of the finest minds of the day. This book traces the rise, development, and decline of the Bluestocking Circle, between 1740 and 1800, through a close analysis of the lives and works of the women who made up the group. Drawing substantially on previously unpublished information and quoting widely from the group's letters to each other, th ... More

Keywords: Swift, Mary Granville, Mrs Delaney, Bluestocking Circle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198117674
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117674.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sylvia Harcstark Myers, author
California State University, Hayward