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Barbara Taylor: 18th-Century Women, 4 November 2010

Women and Enlightenment in 18th-Century Britain 
by Karen O’Brien.
Cambridge, 310 pp., £17.99, March 2009, 978 0 521 77427 7
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... half of the 18th century in the tradition known as conjectural or stadial history, produced what Karen O’Brien describes as ‘the most extensive engagement with the role of women ever undertaken in European intellectual history’. Women and Enlightenment in 18th-Century Britain is not a survey of enlightened British thinking about women (there is ...

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Alan Bennett: Notes on 1997, 1 January 1998

... contemporary literary figures. Here is Dennis Potter on 17 May, Michael Frayn on 8 September, Edna O’Brien on 15 December, and so naturally I turn to my own birthday. May 9 is blank except for the note: ‘The first British self-service launderette is opened on Queensway, London 1949.’ 4 January. George F. tells me that when Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Lord ...

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