Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Fenwick, Eliza
Birth Name: Eliza Jaco
Married Name: Eliza Fenwick
Pseudonym: A Woman
Pseudonym: E. F.
Pseudonym: the Rev. David Blair
, now known (after long obscurity) for her single, remarkable surviving epistolary novel of the radical school of the 1790s, also wrote characterful children's books and extremely vivid letters which extend several decades into the nineteenth century. Her second adult novel never materialised.
sent to Charles and Mary Lamb, by June 1804, some little scraps for a children's verse anthology which Eliza Fenwick
was compiling, which was published the Tabart
the next year as Songs for...
It was published by Simpkin and Marshall
, dedicated to Eliza Fenwick
in these words: While the Atlantic rolls between us, allow me, dear friend, to gratify my feelings, by addressing to you this little...
While the family resided in London, theatre-going provided another much-welcomed form of education and entertainment. EG
once attended a production of The Caravan, featuring John Kemble
, in which Carlo, the famous Newfoundland...
's upbringing was purposely and radically progressive. Eliza Fenwick
's intention of bringing her own children up without belief in God was shaken when she found herself disgusted & shocked at the blind, coarse...
remained devoted to the idea of female friendship. She met the artist Maria Cosway
in France and they became firm friends. In her last months she wrote to the novelist Elizabeth Gunning
Fletcher, Loraine. Charlotte Smith: A Critical Biography. Macmillan, 1998.
This was her most formative and most famous friendship. She had approached Wollstonecraft after the latter published Vindication of the Rights of Woman early that same year. Wollstonecraft proved a valuable professional mentor. Another relationship...
knew most of the English radicals of the day. For years before this he had been a particularly close friend of William Godwin
, who regarded him as a mentor. The two men saw...
's friends (many of them made through Charles) included Eliza Fenwick
and Charles drank together), Henry Crabb Robinson
, and many more canonical members of the Romantic movement. Charles was close to...
Evidence of friendship between these two novelists is interesting because Parsons was a model of respectability while association with Robinson could potentially damage another woman's reputation. At this date Robinson (who had only another five...
Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger
Having already praised many contemporary women writers in print, EOB
was now able to meet them. The move to London was accomplished principally through the zealous friendship of Miss Sarah Wesley
, who had already...
On that November date Annabella made an attempt, by letter, to bring together their friend Amelia Alderson (later Opie)
with Mary Hays
. (Anne had already written to the same purpose in March, but not...