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September 9, 2009
Elizabeth Eger and Lucy Pelz Brilliant Women: 18th-Century Bluestockings New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008. 160 pp.; 84 color ills.; 64 b/w ills. Cloth $50.00 (9780300141030)

Exhibition schedule: National Portrait Gallery, London, March 13–June 15, 2008

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The brilliant women of this book’s title were the remarkable writers and artists in eighteenth-century England known as bluestockings, a name first applied to both sexes for the blue worsted stockings worn by a gentleman who attended the literary salon hosted by Elizabeth Montagu, one of the original bluestockings. By the 1770s, however, the term was associated specifically with intellectual women. Co-authors Elizabeth Eger, lecturer in eighteenth-century and Romantic literature at King’s College London, and...