The Bluestockings were learned English women and men who gathered during the second half of the eighteenth century at the London salons hosted by Elizabeth Montagu and her friend Elizabeth Vesey. The ten essays in this volume, first published in 2003, explore the Bluestockings' social, economic, and intellectual achievements, including the publication of fiction and criticism, their plans for a utopian community, their charitable enterprises, and the management of a large coal-mining concern. The Bluestockings enlarged the boundaries of what women could think, write, and do, less by overt political action than by their exemplary pursuit of intellectual improvement and their commitment to civic virtue in the context of polite sociability.
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Author Biography - Nicole Pohl
Nicole Pohl is a lecturer at University College Northampton. She is the coeditor of Female Communities, 1600-1800: Literary Visions and Cultural Realities. Betty A. Schellenberg is Associate Professor of English at Simon Fraser University and the author of The Conversational Circle: Rereading the English Novel, 1740-1775.