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October 25, 2009

Mary W. meets Anna Barbauld — the 18th century literary star I had never heard of until last week — at a dinner party. Now I really have to read Mrs. B carefully. Also I love the title of Mary’s first book: Thoughts on the Education of Daughters: with Reflections on Female Conduct, in the More Important Duties of Life. In many ways, this could be the title for all her subsequent work. I feel like one of her daughters.

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  1. October 26, 2009 6:31 am

    I love titles that go on and on. I’ve always been particularly fond of Daniel Defoe’s “A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the most notorious Pyrates and also Their Policies, Discipline and Government, From their first Rise and Settlement in the Island of Providence, in 1717, to the present Year 1724. With The remarkable Actions and Adventures of the two Female Pyrates, Mary Read and Anne Bonny. To which is prefix’d An Account of the famous Captain Avery and his Companions; with the Manner of his Death in England. The Whole digested into the following Chapters; [all chapter titles listed] And their several Crews. To which is added a short Abstract of the Statute and Civil Law, in Relation to Pyracy. By Captain Charles Johnson.”

    Why read the book? I think the title covers everything.

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