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Suggestions on Georgian Bath, please.

Post by Kate139 » Tue May 3rd, 2011, 12:00 pm

Can anyone recommend any good fiction (new or old) about Bath, either Georgian or pre-Georgian? I'm looking for a good book or series on this subject to get stuck in to! (I'm familiar with the best non-fiction on Bath.) Thanks!

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Post by fljustice » Tue May 3rd, 2011, 3:18 pm

If I remember right, both Northanger Abbey and Persuasion by Jane Austen have significant portions set in Bath. Other than those, I don't have much! Sorry.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue May 3rd, 2011, 4:13 pm

If you can hunt down a used copy of Lord Vanity, by Samuel Shellabarger, it has a lengthy section in Bath. The book is set around 1750-1760. IIRC, the first part is in Venice, the second in Bath, then the action moves to French Canada, back to Bath, and finishes up in Paris.

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Post by SGM » Tue May 3rd, 2011, 7:41 pm

These are all old:

Monsieur Beaucaire - Tarkington Booth
The Bath Comedy - Agnes & Egerton Castle

Wasn't Fanny Burney's Evalina set in Bath? I think it would just about fall into the Georgian period rather than Regency and I seem to remember it was set in Bath but I might well be quite wrong -- so long ago [I just checked and it isn't set in Bath but in London. I must be getting it confused with another novel].

I am sure I have a list somewhere of novels set in Bath at the time of Beau Nash but as usual I can't find it at the moment.,

I also thought Frances Hodgson Burnett's Lady of Quality was set in Bath but again I can't quite remember but I think that would be more Queen Anne than Georgian.
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Post by annis » Tue May 3rd, 2011, 7:58 pm

Jude Morgan's An Accomplished Woman (a modern novel written in the Heyer/Austen style) is partly set in Georgian Bath.

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Post by SGM » Tue May 3rd, 2011, 8:04 pm

Also The Fair Moon of Bath by Beth Ellis
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