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Life in The 1800's: A Writers Guide Reference Library on CD
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Copyright:  2005

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Life in the 1800's: A Writer's Guide is a Comprehensive Collection of over 30 Books actually written in the 1800's and compiled into a virtual library on CD: Subjects include: What they ate, What they Wore, Manners and Social Customs, How They Did Things, Recreation, Historical Perspective in the form of actual diaries and journals, Children at play and more
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You won't believe what you'll get on this CD. Print pages as you need them or simply read them as ebooks. Each book is in handy .pdf format and easy to access html. Many are illustrated. This CD has a multitude of hard to find and forgotten books written in the 1800's or about the 1800's and perfect for your research. Most of the research books today are someones opinion or their own research rehashed. With this Writers Research Package you're getting it straight from the source, just as it appeared at publication. No middleman, no opinions just the way it was. Not only that but for a limited time you can get it for a BARGAIN....For less than the price of 1 writing how to book, you can have this entire library at your disposal 24/7.Check out all the Great Resources:(These are shortened titles)Art of DancingThe Great Round World American Frugal HousewifeAmerican CookeryNaval HistoryThe Art of TravelAdvice to Young Men & WomenAdventures of a 49erTypographic ArtHousehold ManagementBundling and It's OriginsBurrough's Encyclopedia of Useful InformationPiddie DumpsDirections for CookeryEnquire Within Upon All ThingsGodey's Lady's BookSteps to Respectability Homes and How to Make ThemTwo Weeks in The Camp of Big BearMy Memories of Eighty YearsSome Strange and Curious PunishmentsAt Home and AbroadLippincot's MagazineScientific AmericaIndian GamesA Domestic Problem: Work and Culture in the HouseholdHelps for Girls In School and OutIndian BoyhoodPersonal Memoirs of GrantThe Oregon TrailMemories of Foreign LandsCalifornia and Her MissionsArmy Letters From An Officer's WifeThe Pirates Own BookStory of the Pony ExpressThis could be one of the BEST investments you ever make in your writing career...Just imagine what you can do with this collection:Story Starters,Historical AccuracyCostumesHistorythe list goes on....Imagine the hours of searching and trips to the library that you won't have to make! I've done the research to find and compile all these resources to save you the time, money and effort. It has taken me over a year and countless hours to research, find, convert, scan, document, and compile this CD...I hope that it will help many of my fellow writers further their careers...and enrich their lives in a special way. You will be amazed at how history comes alive for you!      

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Life in the 1800's A Writer's Guide
Are you writing a historical book? Need to research the history of the 1800ís? Whether you are a writer, researcher or need help in completing a historical project A Writerís Guide CD Reference Library is a valuable research tool you cannot afford to miss. Now, I know I sound like Iím getting commission, but Iím not -- just very excited! Containing 30+ actual books from the 1800ís you will gain an informative, historical perspective of real life in the 1800ís written for and about the people living during the era. Some of these books include actual details written in the format of diaries and journals, for complete authenticity you cannot beat. How can you doubt their accuracy if these facts come from the people who lived during the 1800ís? Their views may be extreme, not politically correct or modern for this day and age, but at the time they were! Which of course, is exactly what you need when researching into a different period.

You learn useful information about their social customs, what they ate, the clothing they wore and how they saw the world around them. Other interesting subjects include transportation, needlework and life for children. Just see what there is below:

Art of Dancing
The Great Round World
American Frugal Housewife
American Cookery
Naval History
The Art of Travel
Advice to Young Men & Women
Adventures of a 49er
Typographic Art
Household Management
Bundling and It's Origins
Burrough's Encyclopedia of Useful Information
Piddie Dumps
Directions for Cookery
Enquire Within Upon All Things
Godey's Lady's Book
Steps to Respectability
Homes and How to Make Them
Two Weeks in The Camp of Big Bear
My Memories of Eighty Years
Some Strange and Curious Punishments
At Home and Abroad
Lippincot's Magazine
Scientific America
Indian Games
A Domestic Problem: Work and Culture in the Household
Helps for Girls In School and Out
Indian Boyhood
Personal Memoirs of Grant
The Oregon Trail
Memories of Foreign Lands
California and Her Missions
Army Letters From An Officer's Wife
The Pirates Own Book
Story of the Pony Express

Please note, these are shortened titles above.

The first book I reviewed is The Art of Travel, first published in Great Britain, London, 1872. This is a fascinating insight to one manís prospective, and personal craving for travelling the ĎWild Landsí. Francis Galton talks about how to deal with reluctant servants, the dangers of rude and savage countries and even explains the scientific advantages of travel. Mentioning other interesting topics such as the importance of having good interpreters, engaging the natives and how it gives great life to the party if the natives also bring along their wives, for I quote Ė

ďThey [native wives] are of very great service, and cause no delay; for the body of a caravan must always travel at a foot's pace, and a woman will endure a long journey nearly as well as a man, and certainly better than a horse or a bullock. They are invaluable in picking up and retailing information and hearsay gossip, which will give clues to much of importance, that, unassisted, you might miss.Ē

I'm still giggling at that one!

There are also examples of how to keep a daily log, how to calculate travelling measurements, the rate of travel and all sorts of handy ideas to assist your expedition in the 1800ís, ensuring an enjoyable safe experience. From the early stages of planning, outfits, medicine, climbing and mountaineering, plus lots more, there's bound to be something to excite you. Remember, this is only a selection Iíve personally picked out from this ONE book, which has three-hundred pages! You will be sent TWENTY books, with varying lengths.

For reviewing purposes Tammie Gibbs also sent me two further books. The Art of Dancing, by John Weaver, Dancing-Master, is one-hundred and twenty-three pages of very detailed pictures explaining the steps, terms, positions and arm movements of the dancer. The third book, Golden Steps to Respectability, Usefulness and Happiness. Being a series of Lecture to Youth of both sexes, on character, principles, associates, amusements, religion and marriage by John Mather Austin, 1851. Itís certainly an eye-opener. Instantly my mind is whirring as I imagine the possibilities of some great story starters here. These are truly intriguing, mind-boggling books.

If Iím honest, these sounded good, but I was a little dubious to how useful they would be, however, after reading three books, (out of the twenty) I am satisfied these ARE every bit as informative as I hoped, and should be for you. How appropriate each of these twenty books will be to you, as an individual, may depend on what you need the research for. Having said that, where could you go wrong if you need information about the 1800ís? I canít think of a better way than from the actual source. Another thing that struck me as being useful is the amount of time and money this CD will save you in the long run Ė no more trawling around the library searching out individual titles, or traipsing the shops for expensive historical guides. Itís all here in one volume, and will not cost you the earth.

Rachelle Nones-
Life in the 1800s software helps make the research process infinitely less arduous and more pleasurable.

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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 5/5/2006
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Reviewed by White Dove left 9/26/2005
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