Published by Primary Source Microfilm
She was known as the friend of Dr. Samuel Johnson and the irrepressible Mistress of Streatham. Now scholars are rediscovering Hester Thrale-Piozzi as an author in her own right.
Those studying women's writings and the role of women in the 18th century will discover rich research opportunities in this collection. The manuscripts cover the business affairs of Thrale's first husband and the coterie of literary and artistic figures who attended her lunches, including Samuel Johnson, David Garrick and others.
Letters, poems, translations and journals form the core of the collection, which also contains business records and sale and inventory catalogs. An appendix includes some Johnson materials, including his proposal to publish the History of the Council of Trent and the manuscripts of David Garrick, George Coleman and others. A complete title listing is included.