Emily Shore's journal is the unique self-representation of a prodigious young Victorian woman. From July 5, 1831, at the age of eleven, until June 24, 1839, two weeks before her death from consumption, Margaret Emily Shore recorded her reactions to the world around her. She wrote of political issues, natural history, her progress as a scholar and scientist, and the worlds of art and literature. In her brief life, this remarkable young woman also produced, but did not publish, three novels, three books of poetry, and histories of the Jews, the Greeks, and the Romans, and she published several essays on birds. Written in an authoritative voice more often associated with men of her time, her journal reveals her to be well versed in the life of an early Victorian woman.
Shortly after the print edition was issued in 1991, two manuscript volumes of Emily Shore’s journals surfaced and were acquired by the University of Delaware Library. This digital edition, newly edited by Prof. Barbara Timm Gates, integrates the 1991 edition with transcriptions of the manuscript material.