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A list of key readings about Butler.
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Autobiographical

  • Allen, Christopher and Kimberly Allen. A Butler's Life: Scenes from the Other Side of the Silver Salver. Authors Choice Press, 2001. ISBN 0595165192.
  • Fields, Alonzo. My 21 years in the White House, New York: Coward-McCann, 1960.

Fiction

  • Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Remains of the Day. Vintage; Mti Rep ed., 1990. ISBN 0679731725.
  • Howard, Linda. Dying to Please. Ballantine Books, 2003. ISBN 0345453409.

How-to's and popular

  • Adams, Samuel and Sarah Adams, Pamela Horn (Introduction). The Complete Servant. Southover Press, 1989 (first ed. published 1825). ISBN 1870962036.
  • Book of Rules and Orders, 1595.
  • Beeton, Isabella. Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management. 1861 abridged edition by Nicola Humble, Oxford University Press, 2000. Online edition. ISBN 0192833456.
  • Drury, Elizabeth. The Butler's Pantry Book: A Compendium of Household Secrets from the Victorian Age. St. Martin's Press, 1981.
  • Ferry, Steven. Hotel Butlers: The Great Service Differentiators. BookSurge Publishing, 2004. ISBN 159457443X.
  • Ferry, Steven M. Butlers & Household Managers: 21st Century Professionals. BookSurge Publishing, 2005. ISBN 1591093066.
  • Gonzalez, David M. The Insider's Guide to Household Staffing. Trafford Publishing, 2006. ISBN 1553696034.
  • Inch, Arthur and Arlene Hirst. Dinner Is Served: An English Butler's Guide to the Art of the Table. Philadelphia, Running Press, 2003. ISBN 0762415584.
  • Maddalone, Guy. How to Hire & Retain Your Household Help: A Household HR Handbook. GTM Household Employment Experts, 2004. ISBN 0975401807.
  • Roberts, Robert. Roberts' Guide for Butlers & Household Staff. Applewood Books, 1988 (first ed. 1827). ISBN 155709120X.

Studies

  • Ballagh, James Curtis. White Servitude in the Colony of Virginia. Baltimore MD: John Hopkins University Press, 1895.
  • Ben-Amos, I K. "Service and coming of age in seventeenth-century England". Continuity and Change, 3 (1988).
  • Brooks, Christopher. "Apprenticeship, social mobility and the middling sort, 1550-1800". In J Barry and C Brooks (eds), The middling sort of people. London, 1994.
  • Burnett, Mark Thornton. Masters and servants in English renaissance drama and culture: authority and obedience. Basingstoke, 1997.
  • Cunnington, Phillis Emily and Catherine Lucas. Costume of Household Servants: From the Middle Ages to 1900, Barnes & Noble Imports, 1974. ISBN 0064913422.
  • Dawes, Frank. Not in Front of the Servants: A True Portrait of English Upstairs/Downstairs Life. Taplinger Publishing, 1974. ISBN 0800856058.
  • Fairchilds, Cissie. Domestic enemies: servants and their masters in old regime France. Baltimore and London, 1984.
  • Fauve-Chamoux, A., Ed. Domestic service and the formation of European identity. Understanding the globalization of domestic work, 16th–21st centuries. Peter Lang, Bern, 2004.
  • Frank, Robert. Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich. Crown, 2007. ISBN 0307339262.
  • Girouard, Mark. Life in the English Country House: A Social and Architectural History, Yale University Press, 1994. ISBN 0300058705.
  • Higman, Barry. Domestic Service in Australia. Melbourne University Publishing, 2002. ISBN 0522850111.
  • Hill, Bridget. Servants: English Domestics in the Eighteenth Century. Oxford University Press, 1996. Online edition.. ISBN 0198206216.
  • Horn, Pamela. The Rise and Fall of the Victorian Servant. Sutton Publishing Ltd; New Ed edition, 1995. ISBN 0750909781.
  • Marshall, Dorothy. "Domestic servants of the eighteenth century'. Economica, 9 (1929).
  • Marshall, Dorothy. The English Domestic Servant in History. Historical Association, 1949.
  • Mayhew, G. "Life-cycle, service and the family unit in early modern Rye". Continuity and Change, 6 (1991).
  • Maza, Sarah C. Servants and masters in eighteenth-century France: the uses of loyalty. Princeton, NJ, 1983.
  • Meldrum, Tim. "London domestic servants from depositional evidence, 1600-1750: servant-employer sexuality in the patriarchal household". In Tim Hitchcock et al (eds), Chronicling poverty: the voices and strategies of the English poor, 1640-1840. Basingstoke, 1997.
  • Meldrum, Tim. Domestic Service and Gender, 1660-1750: Life and Work in the London Household. Longman, 2000. ISBN 0582312086.
  • McIntosh, Marjorie K. "Servants and the household unit in an Elizabethan English community". Journal of Family History, 9 (1984).
  • McBride, Theresa M. The Domestic Revolution, the Modernisation of Household Service in England and France, 1820-1920 New York: Holmes & Meier, 1976.
  • Powell, Margaret. Below Stairs. W. Clement Stone, Incorporated P M A Communications, 1970. ISBN 0396060765.
  • Schwarz, Leonard. "English servants and their employers during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries". Economic History Review, 52 (1999).
  • Smith, Abbot Emerson. Colonists in Bondage: White Servitude and Convict Labor in America, 1607-1776. Chapel Hill, NC.: University of North Carolina, 1947.
  • Steedman, Carolyn. "Servants and their relationship to the unconscious". Journal of British Studies, 42 (2003).
  • Tadmor, Naomi. "The concept of the household-family in eighteenth-century England". Past and Present, 151 (1996).
  • Turner, E.S. What the Butler Saw: 250 Years of the Servant Problem. Penguin Books Ltd; Rev Ed ed. 2001 (first ed. 1962). ISBN 0141390832.
  • Thaddeus, Janet. "Swift's directions to servants". Eighteenth-century Culture, 16 (1986).
  • Woolgar , C. M. The Great Household in Late Medieval England, Yale University Press, 1999. ISBN 0300076878.

Visual art

  • Waterfield, G., A. French and M. Craske, Eds. Below stairs, 400 years of servants' portraits. National Portrait Gallery, London, 2003. ISBN 185514512X.