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bluestocking,

derisive term originally applied to certain 18th-century women with pronounced literary interests. During the 1750s, Elizabeth Vesey held evening parties, at which the entertainment consisted of conversation on literary subjects. Eminent men of the day were invited to contribute to these conversations. Hannah MoreMore, Hannah,
1745–1833, English author and social reformer. She was educated, and later taught, at her sisters' school for girls in Bristol. At the age of 22 she became engaged to William Turner, a wealthy squire 20 years older than she; he never married her, but settled
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, Elizabeth MontaguMontagu, Elizabeth (Robinson),
1720–1800, English author, one of the bluestockings. She was noted for her wit and beauty, and her London literary salon was frequented by Johnson, Walpole, Burke, and other eminent men.
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, and Elizabeth CarterCarter, Elizabeth,
1717–1806, English poet and translator. Under the pen name Eliza she contributed for years to the Gentleman's Magazine. One of the group of 18th-century women known as the bluestockings, she was a friend of Johnson, Burke, Reynolds, and Horace
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, among others, continued this tradition. Boswell, in his Life of Dr. Johnson, states that these "bluestocking clubs" were so named because of Benjamin Stillingfleet, who attended in unconventional blue worsted stockings rather than the customary black silk stockings. In time the name bluestocking was applied solely to women of pedantic literary tastes.
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The exhibition served well to illustrate how members of the Bluestocking Circle wielded their pens and brushes to reflect their professional interests, both in the subject matter and content of their art and literature, and in the materials and form that would assist them to practically make a living wage from their work.
1 -- 5 -- color) Impressions of San Diego's Uptown include such Hillcrest shops as Bluestocking Books, above left, Wear It Again Sam, left, and Flashbacks, below, as well as a quaint neighborhood street in Mission Hills, above.
Cardiff Burlesque and Swansea's Bluestocking Lounge organised yesterday's first ever Welsh Burlesque Festival at Cardiff's Guildford Hall which was sold out before any of the performers set a stockinged foot on stage.
When Samuel Johnson famously quipped, "My old friend, Mrs Carter, could make a pudding as well as translate Epictetus" (quoted in James Boswell 1: 123), he was referring, of course, to the eighteenth-century bluestocking Elizabeth Carter, but I wonder what he would say about Juliet McMaster.
Mrs Aston, for example, is a bluestocking and the target of her companions' mockery, and it is through the character of Lady Trevallyn that Tighe gives voice to the opinion she herself held when she wrote the novel, that 'learning and talents in women, never excited love'.
The society hostess, and founder of the Bluestocking Society in the 1750s, had her London home redesigned by a famous architect and Catherine, finding a transparency in a London museum, was able to recreate the design and colour of Montagu's living room carpet from that time.
The drawing comes from the collection of Christina of Sweden, and is appropriate to that bluestocking Queen who studied metaphysics with Rene Descartes, until her early honrs and the Stockholm winter proved too much for him.
The array of acute portraits--ice maiden Lakey, chubby, genial heiress Pokey, sexless bluestocking Helena, and biddable, earnestly leftist Priss--give the book its lasting appeal.
Bas Bleu translates as bluestocking, and refers to learned mid-18th century women (and men) who gathered in the great salons of London for intellectual conversation and witty banter.