Curriculum Vitae Survey Scientific Team Bibliography Links



Ralph Houlbrooke





British ‘Ego-documents’ 1500-1900.

Works that discuss or use diaries or autobiographies: a select bibliography.


Amelang, James S., The Flight of Icarus. Artisan Autobiography in Early Modern Europe (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998).

Amigoni, David (ed.), Life writing and Victorian culture (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006).

Bedford, Ronald, Davis, Lloyd and Kelly, Philippa (eds), Early Modern English Lives: Autobiography and Self-Representation 1500-1660 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007).

Bell, Robert, ‘Metamorphoses of Spiritual Autobiography’, Journal of English Literary History, 44 (1977), pp. 108-126.

Blodgett, H., Centuries of Female Days. English Women's Private Diaries (Gloucester: Sutton, 1989).

Bohls, Elizabeth A., and Ian Duncan, Travel Writing 1700-1830: An Anthology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005).

Booy, David, Personal Disclosures: An Anthology of Self-Writings from the Seventeenth Century (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002).

Botonaki, Effie, Seventeenth-Century English Women’s Autobiographical Writings: Disclosing Enclosures (Lampeter: Edward Mellen Press, 2004).

Bourcier, Elisabeth, Les journaux privés en Angleterre de 1600 à 1660 (Paris: Publications de la Sorbonne, 1976).

Burnett, John, ed., Useful Toil. Autobiographies of Working People from the 1820’s to the 1920’s (London: Allen Lane, 1974).

Burnett, John, ed., Destiny Obscure. Autobiography of Childhood, Education and Family from the 1820’s to the 1920’s (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1984).

Carlton, Charles, Going to the Wars: The Experience of the British Civil Wars, 1638-1651 (London: Routledge, 1992).

Clarke, Elizabeth, ‘ “A heart terrifying sorrow”: the Death of Children in Seventeenth-Century Women's Manuscript Journals’, in Gillian Avery and Kimberley Reynolds, eds., Representation of Children's Death (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000), pp. 65-87.

Connor, Rebecca Elisabeth, Women, Accounting, and Narrative: Keeping Books in Eighteenth-Century England (London: Routledge, 2004).

Crawford, Patricia, ‘Attitudes to Menstruation in Seventeenth-Century England’, Past and Present, 91 (1981), 47-73.

Creaton, H. (ed.), Victorian Diaries: the Daily Lives of Victorian Men and Women (London: Mitchell Beazley, 2001).

Cressy, David, Birth, Marriage and Death: Ritual, Religion, and the Life-cycle in Tudor and Stuart England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997).

Cressy, David, England on Edge:  Crisis and Revolution, 1640-1642 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).

Davis, Lloyd, ‘Cultural Encounters and Self Encounters in Early Modern English Travel Autobiographies’, Parergon, 19:2 (2002), 151-67.

Dawson, Mark S., ‘Histories and Texts. Refiguring the Diary of Samuel Pepys’, Historical Journal, 43 (2000), pp. 407-431.

Delany, Paul, British Autobiography in the Seventeenth Century (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1969).

Donell, Alison, ed., Representing Lives: Women and auto/biography (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000).

Dowd, Michelle M., and Julie A. Eckerle (eds), Genre and Women's Life Writing in Early Modern England  (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007).

Dragstra, Henk, Sheila Ottway, and Helen Wilcox, Betraying Our Selves: Forms of Self-Representation in Early Modern English Texts (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000).

Dyson, Ketaki Kushari,  A Various Universe: A Study of the Journals and Memoirs of British Men and Women in the Indian Subcontinent, 1765-1856. Reprint with new preface (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2002).

Edwards, Philip, The Story of the Voyage. Sea Narratives in Eighteenth-Century England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994).

Findlay, Elspeth, ‘Ralph Thoresby the Diarist: The Late Seventeenth-Century Pious Diary and its Demise’, The Seventeenth Century, 17 (2002), pp. 108-131.

Fletcher, Anthony, Growing Up in England: The Experience of Childhood 1600-1914 (Yale U.P.: New Haven, 2008).

Fothergill, Robert A., Private Chronicles. A Study of English Diaries (London: Oxford University Press, 1974).

Gagnier, Regenia, Subjectivities. A History of Self-Representation in Britain 1832-1920 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991).

Graham, Elspeth, Hilary Hinds, Elaine Hobby, Helen Wilcox, eds, Her Own Life: Autobiographical Writings by Seventeenth-Century Englishwomen (London: Routledge, 1989).

Gray, Robbie, ‘Self-made men, self-narrated lives: male autobiographical writing and the Victorian middle class’, Journal of Victorian Culture, 6:2 (2001), 286-312.

Hassam, Andrew, Sailing to Australia. Shipboard Diaries by 19th-Century British Immigrants (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1994).

Henderson, Heather, The Victorian Self: Autobiography and Biblical Narrative (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1989).

Hodgkin, Katharine, Madness in Sventeenth-Century Autobiography (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

Houlbrooke, Ralph, The English Family 1450-1700 (Harlow: Longman, 1984).

Houlbrooke, Ralph, English Family Life, 1576-1716: an Anthology from Diaries (Oxford: Blackwell, 1988).

Houlbrooke, Ralph, Death, Religion and the Family in England, 1480-1750 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998).

Hunt, Margaret, The Middling Sort: Commerce, Gender and the Family in England 1680-1780 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996).

Krausman Ben-Amos, Ilana, Adolescence and Youth in Early Modern England (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994).

Landow, George P., ed., Approaches to Victorian Autobiography (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1979).

Lane, Joan, ‘ “The doctor scolds me”: Diaries and Correspondence of Patients in Eighteenth Century England’, in Roy Porter, ed., Patients and Practitioners. Lay Perceptions of Medicine in Pre-Industrial Society (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), pp. 205-248.

Lewis, Jon E. (ed.)., The Mammoth Book of War Diaries and Letters: Life on the Battlefield in the words of the Ordinary Soldier, 1775-1991 (London: Robinson, 1998).

Macfarlane, Alan, The Family Life of Ralph Josselin. A Seventeenth-Century Clergyman. An Essay in Historical Anthropology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1970).

Machann, Clinton, The Genre of Autobiography in Victorian Literature (Ann Arbor: Michigan University Press, 1995).

Mallon, Thomas, A Book of One's Own. People and their Diaries (London: Picador, 1984).

Mascuch, Michael, Origins of the Individualist Self. Autobiography and Self-Identity in England, 1591-1791 (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1997).

Mascuch, Michael, ‘Social Mobility and Middling Self-Identity: the Ethos of British Autobiographers, 1600-1750’, Social History, 20 (1995), pp. 45-61.

Elaine McKay, ‘English Diarists: Gender, Geography and Occupation 1500-1700’, History, 90:298 (2005), 191-212.

Mendelson, Sara Heller, ‘Stuart Women’s Diaries and Occasional Memoirs’, in Mary Prior, ed., Women in English Society (London: Methuen, 1985), pp. 181-211.

Morgan, Prys, ‘A Private Space : Autobiography and Individuality in Eighteenth-century and Early Nineteenth-century Wales’, in Robert Rees Davies and Geraint Jenkins (eds), From Medieval to Modern Wales: Historical Essays in Honour of Kenneth O. Morgan and Ralph A. Griffiths (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2004), 160-74.

Morris, John M., Versions of the Self. Studies in English Autobiography from John Bunyan to John Stuart Mill (New York: Basic Books, 1966).

Mortimer, Ian, ‘Tudor Chronicler or Sixteenth-Century Diarist? Henry Machyn and the Nature of His Manuscript’, Sixteenth-Century Journal, 33 (2002), 981–98.

Muldrew, Craig, The economy of obligation. The culture of credit and social relations in early modern England (London: Macmillan, 1998).

Mullan, David George, ‘Scottish women's religious narrative, 1660-1720: Constructing the evangelical self’ in Sarah M. Dunnigan, C. Marie Harker and Evelyn S. Newlyn, (eds), Woman and the Feminine in Medieval and Early Modern Scottish Writing (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), 178-91.

Newey, Vincent and Philip Shaw, eds, Mortal Pages, Literary Lives. Studies in Nineteenth-Century Autobiography (Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1996).

Nicolson, Marjorie Hope, Pepys's Diary and the New Science (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1965).

Nussbaum, Felicity A., Autobiographical Subject. Gender and Ideology in Eighteenth-Century England (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995).

Osborn, J.M., The Beginnings of Autobiography in England (Los Angeles: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, 1960).

Otten, Charlotte F., English Women's Voices, 1540-1700 (Miami: Florida International University Press, 1992).

Peterson, Linda H., Victorian Autobiography: the Tradition of Self-Interpretation (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986).

Peterson, Linda H., Traditions of Victorian Women's Autobiography: The Poetics and Politics of Life Writing (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1999).

Pollock, Linda A., Forgotten Children. Parent-child Relations from 1500 to 1900 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983).

Pollock, Linda A., A Lasting Relationship. Parents and Children over Three Centuries (London: Fourth Estate, 1987).

Pollock, Linda A., With Faith and Physic. The Life of a Tudor Gentlewoman. Lady Grace Mildmay 1552-1620 (London: Collins and Brown, 1993).

Porter, Dorothy and Roy Porter, Patient’s Progress. Doctors and Doctoring in Eighteenth-century England (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1989).

Porter, Roy and Dorothy Porter, In Sickness and in Health: The British Experience (London: Fourth Estate, 1988).

Regard, F., ed. Mapping the Self. Space, Identity, Discourse in British Auto/Biography (Saint-Etienne: Publications de l'Université, 2003).

Ruggiu, François-Joseph, L’Individu et la Famille dans les Sociétés urbaines anglaise et française (1720-1780)(Paris: PUPS, 2007).

Sanders, Valerie, The Private Lives of Victorian Women. Autobiography in Nineteenth-Century England (New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1989).

Seaver, P.S., Wallingtons World. A Puritan Artisan in Seventeenth-Century London (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1985).

Seelig, Sharon Cadman, Autobiography and Gender in Early Modern Literature: Reading Women’s Lives, 1600-1680 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Sherman, Stuart, Telling Time: Clocks, Diaries and English Diurnal Form 1660-1785 (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1997).

Simons, Judy, Diaries and Journals of Literary Women from Fanny Burney to Virginia Woolf (London: Macmillan, 1990).

Smyth, Adam, Writing Identities: Life Writing in England 1550-1700 (forthcoming).

Spacks, Patricia Meyer, Imaging a Self: Autobiography and Novel in Eighteenth-Century England (Cambridge Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1976).

Spufford, Margaret, ‘First Steps in Literacy: the Reading and Writing Experiences of the Humblest Seventeenth-Century Autobiographers’, Social History, 4 (1979), pp. 407-435.

Stauffer, Donald A., English Biography before 1700 (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard U.P., 1930).

Stone, Lawrence, The Family, Sex and Marriage in England 1500-1800 (London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1977).

Thomas, Angela M., Parent-child relationships and childhood experiences: the emotional and physical aspects of care for children in early modern Britain, 1640-1800 (Reading University Ph.D. thesis, 2000).

Todd, Margo, ‘Puritan Self-Fashioning: the Diary of Samuel Ward’, Journal of British Studies, 31 (1992), pp. 236-264.

Treadwell, James, Autobiographical Writing and British Literature, 1783–1834 (Oxford: Oxford U.P., 2005).

Vickery, Amanda, The Gentleman's Daughter. Women's Lives in Georgian England (New Haven: Yale U.P., 1998).

Vincent, David, Bread, Knowledge and Freedom. A Study of Nineteenth Century Working Class Autobiography (London: Methuen, 1982).

Watkins, Owen C., The Puritan Experience. Studies in Spiritual Autobiography (London: Routledge, 1972). 

Webster, T. ,‘Writing to Redundancy: Approaches to Spiritual Journals and Early Modern Spirituality', Historical Journal, 39 (1996), 1. 33-56.

Westhauser, Karl E., ‘Friendship and Family in Early Modern England: The Sociability of Adam Eyre and Samuel Pepys’, Journal of Social History, 27 (1994), 517-536.

Whelan, Ruth. ‘Writing the self: Huguenot autobiography and the process of assimilation’, in Vigne, Randolph and Charles Littleton, (eds), From Strangers to Citizens: The Integration of Immigrant Communities in Britain, Ireland and Colonial America, 1550-1750 (Brighton: The Huguenot Society & Sussex Academic Press, 2001), 463-77.



Batts, John Stuart, British Manuscript Diaries of the 19th Century: an Annotated Listing (Totowa, N.J.: Rowman and Littlefield, 1976).

Burnett, John, Vincent, David, and Mayall, David eds, The Autobiography of the Working Class. An Annotated Critical Bibliography 1790-1900 (Brighton: Harvester Press, 1987).

Creaton, Heather Janet (comp.), Unpublished London Diaries: a Checklist of Unpublished Diaries by Londoners and Visitors with a Select Bibliography of Published Diaries (London Record Society, 37, 2003).

Davis, Gwenn. Personal Writings by Women to 1900: a Bibliography of American and British writers. London; New York: Mansell, 1989.

Gard, R. M, The Observant Traveller. Diaries of Travel in England, Wales and Scotland in the County Record Offices of England and Wales  (London: HMSO, 1989).

Handley, Christopher Sampson, An Annotated Bibliography of Diaries Printed in English (Aldeburgh: Hanover Press, 1997. 3rd edn 2002)

Havlice, Patricia Pate, And so to Bed: a Bibliography of Diaries Published in English (Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1987).

Huff, Cynthia, British women's diaries: a descriptive bibliography of selected nineteenth-century women's manuscript diaries (New York: AMS Press, 1985)

Matthews, William, British Diaries. An Annotated Bibliography of British Diaries written between 1442 and 1942 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1950).

Matthews, William, British Autobiographies. An Annotated Bibliography of British Autobiographies published or written before 1951 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1955).



Jolly, Margaretta, ed., Encyclopedia of Life Writing. Autobiographical and Biographical forms (Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2002).