Helen Maria Williams
Standard Name: Williams, Helen Maria
Birth Name: Helen Maria Williams
HMW wrote, during the Romantic or revolutionary period, as a woman with a mission, eager to see change for the better in the political, international world. She was a radical and egalitarian in gender relations too, although she believed that femininity comprised especial sensibility. Despite her two novels (one original and one translated), she is best known for her earlier poetry and her later political commentary on events in France, cast in the form of published letters.
|Connections Sort descending||Author name||Excerpt|
|Friends, Associates||Charlotte Smith|
|Friends, Associates||Mary Wollstonecraft|
|Friends, Associates||Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan|
|Friends, Associates||Stéphanie-Félicité de Genlis||
SFG was visited during the Revolution by Helen Maria Williams (who mentioned her works with respect in print). After her final return to France the flocks of visiting Britons who continued to seek her out...
|Friends, Associates||Amelia Opie||
She had already begun to move in fashionable circles, and became friendly with Lady Caroline Lamb , Lady Cork , and painters James Northcote and Sir Joshua Reynolds .
In 1802, in London and...
Opie, Amelia. “Introduction”. Adeline Mowbray, edited by Shelley King and John B. Pierce, Oxford University Press, 1999, p. i - xxix.
|Friends, Associates||Anne Plumptre|
|Friends, Associates||Joanna Baillie|
|Friends, Associates||Mary Scott|
|Friends, Associates||Anna Letitia Barbauld||
The literary society of ALB 's time was, as biographer Betsy Rodgers notes, small and intimate.
Writers all knew each other and kept in touch; those who did not live in London visited frequently...
Rodgers, Betsy. Georgian Chronicle: Mrs Barbauld and her Family. Methuen, 1958.
|Friends, Associates||Anna Seward||
AS , visiting London, spent a lot of time with Helen Maria Williams and her lively social circle.
Ashmun, Margaret. The Singing Swan. Yale University Press; H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1931.
|Intertextuality and Influence||Helen Craik|
|Intertextuality and Influence||Elizabeth Moody||
She has a sharp eye for gender issues, including those surrounding domestic work. The Housewife's Prayer is addressed to Economy, a name which might be loosely translated as balancing the budget, and ends with the...
|Intertextuality and Influence||Judith Sargent Murray||
She backs this pleasure in modernity with a remarkable grasp of former female history and of the women's literary tradition in English and its contexts. She mentions the Greek foremother Sappho , the patriotic heroism...
|Intertextuality and Influence||Mary Hays||
Among the book's contents are poems and fiction (including dream visions and an Oriental tale. Titles like Cleora, or the Misery Attending Unsuitable Connections and Josepha, or pernicious Effects of early Indulgence foreground Hays's didactic...
|Intertextuality and Influence||Felicia Hemans||
Scenes and Hymns of Life includes Prisoners' Evening Service, which imagines the last days of two prisoners awaiting execution during the French Revolution, and affectingly described by Helen Maria Williams .
Duquette, Natasha Aleksiuk. Veiled Intent: Dissenting Women’s Approach to Biblical Interpretation. Pickwick Publications, 2016.
Bernardin de Saint-Pierre published his popular sentimentalnovelPaul et Virginie, a two-generation story involving friendship between two single mothers living in a kind of exile in the idyllic, colonial, tropical Ile de France (now...