Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Seward, Anna
Birth Name: Anna Seward
Nickname: The Swan of Lichfield
, living at a distance from London, was nevertheless a woman of letters, of the later eighteenth century and just beyond. She staked her claim to fame firstly on her poetry (though she was always willing to try genres unusual to her, like sermons and a biography of Erasmus Darwin
), secondly on her letters. In these and in her newspaper contributions she was also a literary critic, familiar with the criteria of both the Augustan and Romantic eras and gifted besides with an unfailing independence of judgement.
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She was buried in Bath Abbey, with a poetic epitaph by Anna Seward
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. http://www.oxforddnb.com/, http://www.oxforddnb.com/.
addressed her an anxious letter dated 10 September, obviously having not yet learned about her death.
Seward, Anna. Letters of Anna Seward. Editor Constable, Archibald, Vol.
, A. Constable, 1811.
The elder Margaret Holford
published with her name, through the Minerva Press
, First Impressions; or, The Portrait. A Novel, in four volumes, dedicated to Anna Seward
Garside, Peter, James Raven, and Rainer Schöwerling, editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press, 2000.
Published by Hookham and Carpenter
, this was a slim volume of 44 pages, with a title-page quotation from Pope
's Windsor Forest, and a handsome illustration of Gresford Lodge near Wrexham in Denbighshire...
Little is known of MS
's education, but her correspondence with Anna Seward
suggests familiarity with both classic and recent literature. Further, the knowledge she displays in The Female Advocate of women's writing in particular...
Family and Intimate relationships
Thomas Holcroft held progressive ideas about women and their education, as he showed in 1794 in a brief review of Miss or Mrs. C. Short
's Dramas for the Use of Young Ladies (to which...
Family and Intimate relationships
's father was a linen manufacturer, a Dissenter according to most accounts, and a zealous supporter of the civil and religious liberties of Protestant dissenters. Among his brothers was the Rev. Russell Scott
Bibliographer James Raven
notes a crescendo in novelistic echoes of FB
's works during the 1780s. Burney's brother Charles
, for instance, noted borrowings from both Evelina and Cecilia in his review for the Monthly...
Liddiard, J. S. Anna. Kenilworth and Farley Castle: with Other Poems. Hibernia–Press Office, 1813.
She may perhaps have known Anna Seward
It is possible, though this is speculative, that JC
became acquainted while living at Winchester with the hymn-writer Anne Steele
(who lived not far away), with Anna Seward
and Hannah More
(who were friends of...
Mavor, Elizabeth. The Ladies of Llangollen. Michael Joseph, 1971.
The Lichfield Circle began to develop at Lichfield in Staffordshire; the group advocated reform of women's education away from time-filling accomplishments such as japanning and toward intellectual learning.
16 December 1773
Citizens dumped 340 chests of tea into the harbour at Boston, Massachusetts, to protest duty imposed by the Tea Act of 10 May; this became known as the Boston Tea Party.
Philip James de Loutherbourg
painted Coalbrookdale by Night, a theatrically romantic picture of a famous industrial village: houses perched on the valley cliffs, with a clouded sky glaring red from furnaces.
The Critical Review extolled the quality of contemporary women's poetry: Miss Seward
, Mrs Barbauld
, Charlotte Smith
, will take their place among the English poets for centuries to come.