Each month at Regency Explorer, I provide Regency Enthusiasts with a summary of new non-fiction books about the Georgian Age. Art, Literature and Travelling are prevalent topics in August, but if you are interested in the (often rather dark) history of the East India Company or are fascinated by the rake of the 18th century, read on, there might be new reads for you.
Which is your favourite new release of August? Choose from 22 titles:
Scheduled for August 2017
- Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
- A Political Biography of Frances Burney (Eighteenth-Century Political Biographies) by Lorna J. Clark
- Casanova: The Seduction of Europe by Frederick Ilchman, Thomas Michie
- Contagionism Catches On: Medical Ideology in Britain, 1730-1800 by Margaret DeLacy
- Fame and Fortune: Sir John Hill and London Life in the 1750s by Clare Brant, George Rousseau
- Fictions of Friendship in the Eighteenth-Century Novel (Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Cultures of Print) by Bryan Mangano
- Food Rioting in Ireland in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: The ‘Moral Economy’ and the Irish Crowd by James Kelly
- Gainsborough: A Portrait by James Hamilton
- Imperial Guard Cavalry: 1 (Napoleon’s Last Army) by Paul Dawson, Dana Lombardy, Keith Rocco
- Minds in Motion: Imagining Empiricism in Eighteenth-Century British Travel Literature (Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650-1850) by Anne M. Thell
- Romantic Paganism: The Politics of Ecstasy in the Shelley Circle (New Antiquity) by Suzanne L. Barnett
- On Gladsmuir Shall the Battle Be!: The Battle of Prestonpans 1745 (From Reason to Revolution) by Arran Johnston
- Picturing India: People, Places and the World of the East India Company by John McAleer
- Suffering and Happiness in England 1550-1850: Narratives and Representations: A collection to honour Paul Slack (The Past and Present Book Series) by Michael J. Braddick, Joanna Innes
- The Ascent of John Company: From Traders to Rulers (1756-1787) by G.S. Cheema
- The Cinematic Eighteenth Century: History, Culture, and Adaptation (Routledge Advances in Film Studies) by Srividhya Swaminathan, Steven W. Thomas
- The Expanding Blaze: How the American Revolution Ignited the World, 1775-1848 by Jonathan Israel
- The Female Philosopher and Her Afterlives: Mary Wollstonecraft, the British Novel, and the Transformations of Feminism, 1796-1811 (Palgrave Studies in Romanticism and the Cultures of Print) by Deborah Weiss
- The Labor of the Mind: Intellect and Gender in Enlightenment Cultures (Intellectual History of the Modern Age) by Anthony J. La Vopa
- The Politics of Commercial Treaties in the Eighteenth Century: Balance of Power, Balance of Trade by Antonella Alimento, Koen Stapelbroek
- The Royal Society and the Discovery of the Two Sicilies: Southern Routes in the Grand Tour (Italian and Italian American Studies) by Manuela D’Amore
- The Social Life of Books: Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century Home (The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History) by Abigail Williams
Check the list of new releases from August 2016 – August 2017 here.
My pick this month
Gainsborough: A Portrait by James Hamilton
“Thomas Gainsborough lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends.”
It’s this sentence of the blurb that got me hooked. It promises a pretty good read, and I don’t think I will be disappointed: The author is reputed to be a wonderfully energetic writer.
The book sets out to reveal Gainsborough in his many ways and stations of life:
- the easy-going Suffolk lad, transported to the heights of fashion by a natural talent
- the rake-on-the-make in London, learning his art in the shadow of Hogarth
- the top society-portrait painter in Bath and London who earned huge sums by bringing the right people into his studio
- the charming and amusing friend of George III and Queen Charlotte who nevertheless kept clear of the aristocratic embrace.
About the author
James Hamilton is a curator, writer, lecturer, and currently Senior Research Fellow and Hon Reader at the University of Birmingham. His works include “Turner: A Life” and “A Strange Business Making Art and Money in Nineteenth Century Britain”.