Conduct Books in Nineteenth-Century Literature Representative Works - Essay

Representative Works

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Catharine Beecher
A Treatise on Domestic Economy for the Use of Young Ladies at Home and at School (handbook) 1841

Frances Power Cobbe
The Duties of Women: A Course of Lectures (lectures) 1881

Mrs. John (Eliza Ware) Farrar
The Youth's Letter Writer (handbook) 1834
The Young Lady's Friend: A Manual of Practical Advice and Instruction to Young Females on their Entering upon the Duties of Life after Quitting School (handbook) 1836

Anna Jameson
Characteristics of Women, Moral, Poetical, and Historical (criticism) 1832; also published as Shakespeare's Heroines: Characteristics of Women, Moral, Poetical, and Historical

Mary Augusta Jordan
Correct Writing and Speaking (handbook) 1904

Catharine Macaulay
Letters on Education, with Observations on Religious and Metaphysical Subjects (nonfiction) 1790

Harriet Martineau
Household Education (nonfiction) 1849

Hannah More
Essays on Various Subjects, Principally Designed for Young Ladies (essays) 1777
Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education. With a view of the principles and conduct prevalent among women of rank and fortune. 2 vols. (nonfiction) 1799
Coelebs in Search of a Wife. Comprehending observations on domestic habits and manners, religion and morals. 2 vols. (novel) 1808

Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Means and Ends; or, Self-Training (handbook) 1839

Lydia Howard Sigourney
Letters to Young Ladies (handbook) 1833, revised editions, 1835 and 1837
Letters to My Pupils: With Narrative and Biographical Sketches (handbook) 1851

Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield
Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, Esq.; Late Envoy Extraordinary at the Court of Dresden: Together with Several Other Pieces on Various Subjects. Published by Mrs. Eugenia Stanhope, from the Originals Now in Her Possession. 2 vols. (handbook) 1774; also published as Letters to His Son, by the Earl of Chesterfield: On the Fine Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1926

William Wilberforce
*A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians in the Higher and Middle Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity (nonfiction) 1797

Jennie Willing
The Potential Woman: A Book for Young Ladies (nonfiction) c. 1881

Mary Wollstonecraft
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects (nonfiction) 1792

*This work is commonly referred to as Practical Christianity.