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The Diary of a Young Lady of Fashion in the Year 1764-1765

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Hardcover, 142 pages
Published 1967 by Chatto & Windus/Hogarth Pr. (first published 1924)
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"I wrote the book in a few weeks as a joke," said Magdalen King-Hall, author of "The Diary of a Young Lady of Fashion in the Year 1764-1765," published in 1926. "If I had realized that so many distinguished persons would take it seriously, I would have spent more time and pains on it."

Miss King-Hall's imaginary diarist, Cleone Knox, supposedly had traveled around 18th-century Europe, meeting and recording her impressions of Voltaire and King Louis XV of France, among others. Critics declared the
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Georgie
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lyuda
"This morning had a vastly unpleasant interview with my Father. Last night, Mr Ancaster, who is the indiscreetest young man alive, was seized suddenly while riding home along the shore with the desire to say good night to me. He climbed the wall, the postern gate being locked at that late hour, and had the Boldness to attempt to climb the ivy below my window; while but half way up, the Poor Impudent young man fell. (If he hadn't Lord knows what would have happened for I am terribly catched by th ...more
Bri Fidelity
March 13th

Am in a great state on Account of this Elopement. I change colour every time Coz. C. speaks to me, and I dare swear Coz. Noll who is as skilled in affairs de coeur as any man in Ireland suspects something. To tell the truth, I am not over sure if Mr A.'s intentions are Honourable or not. That he is madly enamoured I do not doubt, but whether my coach ride to-morrow is to lead to the Altar or merely to a bed in an Inn is a matter I am not so easy about. 'Twould be Highly Indelicate for
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Annie
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who love Jane Austen
I am re-reading this. I first came across this book in my high school library. I was one of very, very few who went in there to read for pleasure. The second day of school and my second morning in the library the clerk behind the desk turned to the other clerk and said "I think we have another one." I hoped it meant she could tell I loved books. This was one of the many books I found and enjoyed that year. Unlike the rest of the books I never saw or heard of this book again, until I found Goodre ...more
Siskiyou-Suzy
Jun 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, fiction
This book is so strange. I had to look up a bunch of stuff and the plot is so ... non-plotty. I mean, it ends right when it's getting good! But since it's framed as a diary and was apparently published as a real one at first, that makes sense.

I couldn't help but think of the Georgia Nicolson series while I was reading it. It's not nearly as funny, but it's the same teenage drama, set a few centuries earlier. I do wish it'd been better structured as fiction because I think there could be somethin
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Tom
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came to this with a certain amount of apprehension, would I enjoy such a book, would it be full of flippantly and boring details about women's clothes? while there is some of the latter, this was a refreshing, enjoyable and fun read.

Full of amusing insights and captures the spirit of the times, at least for the well off, covering several countries and a lady who doesn't behave as her father thinks she should, encountering plenty of adventures along the way. More people should pick this up.
Amicus (David Barnett)
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book Folio Society edition) has been resting in my bookcase since 1983 when I bought it. I am very pleased that I have finally got around to reading this delightful story.
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