The History Of Lady Barton

Elizabeth GRIFFITH (1727 - 1793)

This is the story of the three Cleveland siblings: Fanny, the innocent yet very sympathetic sister; Louisa, the strong willed sister whose miserable marriage to Sir William is the center of the novel; and Sir George who tries to get over the loss of his lover by touring the world. Louisa is not an amoral woman, she is beautiful and very lively, values which 18th century society promotes, yet she suffers only affliction from her "respectable" college educated husband. In the main plot, and all the sub plots (of which there are many), the book tests many prominent values of the time and brings to light their negative implications. It raises questions such as: is marriage always right for women? If a woman is miserable in her marriage, when is enough? Is a great tour to find yourself always a good idea, or should you consider it's implications on those around you? Does formal education matter or should inter personal communication skills be more important? Or, perhaps most importantly, is your family always there to protect you? This book is timeless in it's discourses on right and wrong, friendship, and of course love. It has everything for everyone, even the favorite gothic story for those who look for it. It is a must read for every 18th century lover. A book that will make you think and think again. The novel is written in letters. It is my ideal that every letter writer would be read by a librivox reader. So when you come to claim, please look how many letters you are supposed to read and consider if you can complete the reading in a timely mannor. The letter writers are: Lady Barton: formerly Louisa Cleveland, a strong willed woman who is abused from the start by her husband sir William. A smart, realistic and suffisticated lady. Fanny Cleveland, later lady Hume: her sister, a compashenate, intelagent, and optimistic woman. She is Louisa's only real friend yet has much to offer in her own right. Lord Hume: Fanny's love interest who takes a great tour during which many funny adventures befall him. Lord Lucan: the only friend of Sir William's louisa likes. Intelligent and educated. Harriette Westley: Sir William's young niece. wrote only one short letter. ( Stav Nisser.)

Genre(s): Epistolary Fiction, Satire

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface Beth Thomas
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Play 01 Letters 1-4: from Lady Barton to Miss Cleveland Lynda Marie Neilson
00:34:44
Play 02 Letters 5-6- from miss Cleveland to lady Barton Devorah Allen
00:11:03
Play 03 Letter 7: from Lady Barton to Miss Cleveland Lynda Marie Neilson
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Play 04 Letter 8: from miss Cleveland to lady Barton Devorah Allen
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Play 05 Letter 9: from lady Barton to Miss Cleveland Lynda Marie Neilson
00:15:10
Play 06 Letter 10: from Miss Cleveland to Lady Barton Devorah Allen
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Play 07 Letters 11-12- from lady Barton to miss Cleveland Lynda Marie Neilson
00:14:07
Play 08 Letter 13: from miss Cleveland to lady Barton Devorah Allen
00:06:53
Play 09 Letter 14: from Lord Hume to Lord Lucan Jim Locke
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Play 10 Letter 15: from Lord Lucan to Lord Hume Ivan Yuan
00:10:52
Play 11 Letter 16: from Lord Hume to Lord Lucan Jim Locke
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Play 12 Letters 17-18: from Lady Barton to Miss Cleveland Lynda Marie Neilson
00:18:44
Play 13 Letter 19: from Miss Cleveland to Lady Barton Devorah Allen
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Play 14 Letter 20: from Lord Hume to Miss Cleveland Jim Locke
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Play 15 Letter 21: from Miss Westley to Miss Cleveland Beth Thomas
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Play 16 Letter 22: from Miss Cleaveland to Miss Westley Devorah Allen
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Play 17 Letter 23: from Lady Barton to Miss Cleveland Lynda Marie Neilson
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Play 18 Letter 24: from Miss Cleveland to Lady Barton Devorah Allen
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Play 19 Letter 25- from Lord Lucan to lord Hume Ivan Yuan
00:05:41
Play 20 Letter 26: from Lord Hume to Lord Lucan. Jim Locke
00:04:59
Play 21 Letter 27: from Lady Barton to Miss Cleveland Lynda Marie Neilson
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Play 22 Letter 28: from Lady Barton to Miss Cleveland Lynda Marie Neilson
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Play 23 Letters 29-30: from Lady Barton to miss Cleveland Lynda Marie Neilson
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Play 24 Letter 31: from Lady Barton to Miss Cleveland Lynda Marie Neilson
00:45:26
Play 25 Letter 32: from Miss Cleveland to Lady Barton Devorah Allen
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Play 26 Letters 33-34: from Lady Barton to Miss Cleveland Lynda Marie Neilson
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Play 27 Letter 35: from Miss Cleveland to Lady Barton Devorah Allen
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Play 28 Letter 36: from Lord Hume to Lord Lucan Jim Locke
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Play 29 Letter 37: from Lord Lucan to Lord Hume Ivan Yuan
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Play 30 Letters 38-39: from Lady Barton to Miss Cleveland Lynda Marie Neilson
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Play 31 Letter 40: from Miss Cleveland to Lady Barton Devorah Allen
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Play 32 Letter 41: from Lady Barton to Miss Cleveland Lynda Marie Neilson
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Play 33 Letter 42: from Miss Cleveland to Lady Barton Devorah Allen
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Play 34 Letters 43-44: from Lady Barton to Miss Cleveland Lynda Marie Neilson
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Play 35 Letter 45: from Miss Cleveland to Lady Barton Devorah Allen
00:12:42
Play 36 Letter 46: from Lord Hume to Lord Lucan Jim Locke
00:11:25
Play 37 Letter 47: from Lord Lucan to Lord Hume Ivan Yuan
00:10:23
Play 38 Letter 48: from Lord Hume to Lord Lucan Jim Locke
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Play 39 Letter 49: from Lady Barton to Miss Cleveland Lynda Marie Neilson
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Play 40 Letters 50-52: from Miss Cleveland to Lady Barton Devorah Allen
00:26:16
Play 41 Letters 53-54: from Lord Hume to Lord Lucan Jim Locke
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Play 42 Letter 55: from Lord Lucan to Lord Hume Ivan Yuan
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Play 43 Letters 56-58: from Lady Barton to Miss Cleveland Lynda Marie Neilson
00:30:30
Play 44 Letter 59: from Miss Cleveland to Lady Barton Devorah Allen
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Play 45 Letter 60: from Lord Hume to Lord Lucan Jim Locke
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Play 46 Letter 61: from Lady Barton to Miss Cleveland Lynda Marie Neilson
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Play 47 Letter 62: from Miss Cleveland to Lady Barton Devorah Allen
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Play 48 Letter 63: from Miss Cleveland to Lady Barton Devorah Allen
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Play 49 Letter 66: from Miss Cleveland to Lady Barton - part 1 Devorah Allen
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Play 50 Letter 66: from Miss Cleveland to Lady Barton - part 2 Devorah Allen
00:29:29
Play 51 Letter 66: from Miss Cleveland to Lady Barton - part 3 Devorah Allen
00:36:54
Play 52 Letter 67: from Lady Barton to Miss Cleveland Lynda Marie Neilson
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Play 53 Letter 68: from Lady Hume to Lady Barton Devorah Allen
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Play 54 Letter 69: from Lady Barton to Lady Hume Lynda Marie Neilson
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Play 55 Letter 70: from Lord Hume to Lord Lucan Jim Locke
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Play 56 Letters 71-74: from Lady Barton to Lady Hume Lynda Marie Neilson
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Play 57 Letter 75: from Lord Lucan to Lord Hume Ivan Yuan
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Play 58 Letter 76: from Lady Hume to Lady Barton Devorah Allen
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Play 59 Letters 77-78: from Lady Hume to Sir George Cleveland Devorah Allen
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