Jenny Uglow


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Jennifer Sheila Uglow OBE (née Crowther, born 1947) is a British biographer, critic and publisher. The editorial director of Chatto & Windus, she has written critically acclaimed biographies of Elizabeth Gaskell, William Hogarth, Thomas Bewick and the Lunar Society, among others, and has also compiled a women's biographical dictionary.

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The Lunar Men: Five Friends...

3.97 avg rating — 643 ratings — published 2002 — 8 editions
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A Gambling Man: Charles II ...

3.86 avg rating — 333 ratings — published 2009 — 7 editions
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Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit ...

4.14 avg rating — 288 ratings — published 1993 — 7 editions
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In These Times: Living in B...

4.01 avg rating — 185 ratings — published 2014 — 8 editions
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The Pinecone: The Story of ...

3.55 avg rating — 172 ratings — published 2012 — 7 editions
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Nature's Engraver: A Life o...

4.22 avg rating — 138 ratings — published 2007 — 7 editions
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George Eliot

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Mr Lear: A Life of Art and ...

4.35 avg rating — 94 ratings — published 2017 — 8 editions
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Hogarth: A Life and a World

4.24 avg rating — 59 ratings — published 1997 — 7 editions
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A Little History of British...

4.02 avg rating — 59 ratings — published 2004 — 6 editions
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“Before the battle they had been discussing whether there might be life after death, and Windham and Rochester had made a pact that if there was, the first to die would come back and tell the other. But, said Rochester, he [Windham] never did.”
Jenny Uglow

“Amabel Hume-Campbell came from a stalwart Whig family. She was the daughter of Philip Yorke, second Earl of Hardwicke (whose brother Charles was made Lord Chancellor just before his death in 1770). Prodigiously clever, frustrated that she could not enter politics herself, Amabel wrote two studies of the French Revolution, and of French ambitions, in 1792 and 1796.1 As she went through life she garnered a bevy of titles, her husband’s and her own – Baroness Lucas, Lady Polwarth, Countess de Grey – but she always felt stoutly a Yorke. Her husband Lord Polwarth died when he was thirty, and by now, in her mid-forties, she had been almost fifteen years a widow, sturdily independent and a diligent letter-writer, as her scholarly, bluestocking mother Jemima had been.”
Jenny Uglow, In These Times: Living in Britain Through Napoleon's Wars, 1793-1815

“When John’s wife died in 1792, he had entrusted his eleven children to his oldest daughter, seventeen-year-old Kitty, unconcerned that they wore bright clothes, were rude to neighbours or joined hands across the road to hold up the Norwich coach. While the boys went away to school the girls studied at home at Earlham Hall, reading Rousseau, Voltaire and Paine, and sketching with the Norwich artist John Crome. Clever and forceful, they drank in the radical ideas of the Norwich Unitarian James Alderson and his daughter Amelia, who was a friend of Thomas Holcroft, John Horne Tooke and the Godwin circle, and would marry the painter John Opie in 1798. The Gurneys were well-known figures, not least because of their support for reform. But their political opinions made no difference to their careful, clever banking. One of the Gurneys’ regular East Anglian clients was James Oakes of Bury St Edmunds.”
Jenny Uglow, In These Times: Living in Britain Through Napoleon's Wars, 1793-1815

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