An energetic woman, Inchbald achieved fame as an actress, novelist, playwright and critic. This work includes her eleven surviving diaries, which record Inchbald's social contacts and professional activities, itemize her day-to-day expenditure, and chart the development of affairs such as the Napoleonic Wars and the trial of Queen Caroline.

Volume 1: The Early Years on the Stage-Scotland, France, Ireland, the Provinces, and London, 1776-81 Volume 2: The Height of Fame-Acting, Playwriting, and Novel Writing, 1782-93 Volume 3: The Introspective Years-Drama Criticism, Napoleonic Wars, and the Queen's Trial, 1807-20