Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Richardson, Samuel
's three epistolary novels, published between 1740 and 1753, exerted an influence on women's writing which was probably stronger than that of any other novelist, male or female, of the century. He also facilitated women's literary careers in his capacity as member of the publishing trade, and published a letter-writing manual and a advice-book for printers' apprentices.
To all eyes she lived as Munby's servant; she often still slept in the basement kitchen. In the evenings, however, she played the role of a lady wife, sitting with Munby in the parlour, conversing...
This turbulent, restless and divided family was also unusual in being of mixed religion. Ann's mother was a Protestant
and her father a Catholic
. They followed the same system proposed for a mixed marriage...
This novel was complete in itself; the sequel was not thought of till later. FS
dedicated it to Samuel Richardson
, who had been a strong supporter and who was to die only four months...
called this book the first publick Tryal of my Muse.
Cooper, Elizabeth. The Rival Widows. T. Woodward, 1735.
She must have been well educated. She has a good grasp of history and politics, and of canonical English fiction from Richardson
to her own most respected immediate female predecessors. She took a wry interest...
Elizabeth Pipe Wolferstan
says nothing specific about her intellectual development, except that Richardson
's Sir Charles Grandison had formed her mind and heart. Her education was clearly a good one that included much reading.
In her unfinished autobiography, CC
remembers that while she grew up there were no novels in the house except Sir Walter Scott
's, and a small, fat, small-printed volume, bound in ornamental red and black...
To educate herself further, she read widely, setting herself literary exercises, writing verse imitating or dramatising Chaucer
, and Browning
. However, she writes that at that time, I had read no really...
Mary Cowden Clarke
later remembered her responsibility, when very young, of escorting her two next younger brothers to their school.
Clarke, Mary Cowden. My Long Life. Dodd, Mead, 1896.
Unlike them, she began her education at home. She writes fondly about the rich array of...
Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck
In the house of an aunt she was surprised to find novels (particularly those of Richardson
) a topic of conversation,
Schimmelpenninck, Mary Anne. Life of Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck. Editor Hankin, Christiana C., Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1858.
had two daughters or adopted daughters, Pamela
(named after Richardson
's fictional heroine) and Hermine. Pamela later married an Irish patriot, becoming Lady Edward Fitzgerald
. The question of her parentage, and indeed her...
Family and Intimate relationships
Elizabeth Graeme Ferguson
Her mother, born Ann Diggs, was stepdaughter of the first colonial governor of Pennsylvania. Ann died in 1765, and like Elizabeth Singer Rowe
's Clarissa) she left posthumous letters for delivery after her death.
Garraty, John A., and Mark C. Carnes, editors. American National Biography. Oxford University Press, 1999.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
Family and Intimate relationships
Like her, he was a contributor to magazines: a juvenile work by him appeared in the Lady's Magazine in 1775, and he later contributed to the European and other magazines under the name of Fidelio...
knew Elizabeth Carter
slightly before her marriage, and was a friend of Samuel Richardson
. Carter wrote of her to Elizabeth Montagu
and as an author she also met other Bluestockings, becoming particularly...
Anna Letitia Barbauld
A week later, calling her an amiable lady, he claimed (falsely) that she saw Richardson
as the equal of Shakespeare
. In January 1812 he shocked Henry Crabb Robinson
(who thought this behaviour personally...
Following the death of Mary Kettilby
, her executrix published her A Collection of Above Three Hundred Receipts in Cookery, Physick and Surgery; for the use of all good wives, tender mothers, and careful nurses.
19 June 1725
, née Milborne, published by subscription Sir Philip Sidney
's Arcadia Moderniz'd, in four books (coinciding with the thirteenth edition of the original romance).
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