Brown, Susan, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, eds. Alice Thornton entry: Overview screen within Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Online, 2006. <http://orlando.cambridge.org/>. 23 January 2022.
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Alice Thornton is well known as a Restoration-period autobiographer whose several successive books of "Meditations and Transactions of [her] life," Bibliographic Citation link. while predominantly and earnestly religious in tone, also give a vivid and often horrifying account in detail of her childbed experiences (as well as other escapes and deliverances). She also wrote letters, a memoir of her father, prayers, meditations, and poetry, some of them incorporated in her autobiography.
13 February 1626 Alice Wandesford (later AT) was born at Kirklington in North Yorkshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
About 2 February 1669 AT was engaged in writing her first version of the life-story which she called "My first Booke of my Life", designed to vindicate her own conduct against slander. It became the first stage in a project of several parts. Bibliographic Citation link.
January 1707 AT died at East Newton in Yorkshire, a house built by her and her husband in August 1662. Bibliographic Citation link.
1875 AT's later, expanded version of her Autobiography or "Book of Remembrances" was first published, by the Surtees Society, but considerably expurgated. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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