Standard Name: Trimmer, Sarah
Birth Name: Sarah Kirby
Married Name: Sarah Trimmer
ST 's writing arose out of her work for two causes, religion and education, brought most closely together in her interest in Sunday schools. She edited magazines and was a pioneer both in animal stories for children and in the reviewing of children's books. Her pedagogical concerns place her in the tradition of Barbauld and Genlis , but her sense of religion is narrower, and her writing more pedestrian. She was a populariser and an activist for better training for the poor. From the opening of her publishing career in the 1780s, her output was phenomenally high; its continuance after her death suggests a kind of production line or at least a family business.
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Until the age of eleven, Elizabeth was taught at home by her Aunt Hannah Lumb . As befitting the Unitarian emphasis on personal freedom and rationality, she read widely, and was encouraged to make her...
Her home, too, contributed importantly to her education. She drew, painted, and made serious, carefully-labelled collections of wild flowers, stones, shells, and seaweed. Her first book, encountered at home when she was five and a...
CY , not yet five, began reading Sarah Trimmer 's Fabulous Histories (moral tales published in 1786 about baby birds, which later became The History of the Robins).
Battiscombe, Georgina, and E. M. Delafield. Charlotte Mary Yonge: The Story of an Uneventful Life. Constable and Company, 1943.
|Education||Frances Power Cobbe|
Florence received a liberal education from her father.
She studied Latin, Greek, Italian, French, German, history, composition, and philosophy. Her reading materials included Sarah Trimmer 's New and Comprehensive Lessons, Containing a New and General...
Stephen, Sir Leslie, and Sidney Lee, editors. The Dictionary of National Biography. Smith, Elder, 1908.
|Family and Intimate relationships||Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire||
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, hired as governess to her children Sarah Trimmer 's daughter Selina . As might have been expected, Selina felt her position required her (with the support of Georgiana's mother) to try...
|Family and Intimate relationships||Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire||
Eventually Lady Elizabeth's illegitimate children, so unceremoniously disposed of as babies, were brought back to England to be educated (by Selina , daughter of Sarah Trimmer ) together with Georgiana's cossetted offspring. The two Irish...
|Friends, Associates||Jane West|
|Friends, Associates||Mary Wollstonecraft|
|Intertextuality and Influence||Anna Letitia Barbauld|
|Intertextuality and Influence||Anna Letitia Barbauld||
The Critical Review gave high praise to each of the series. So did the Monthly, which also cracked her anonymity from the beginning.
Vulnerable as a Dissenter,...
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
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McCarthy, William. Anna Letitia Barbauld, Voice of the Enlightenment. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
|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||Charlotte Yonge|
|Intertextuality and Influence||Julia O'Faolain||
The topics covered in richly informative detail, far too many to enumerate, include a father's life-or-death rights over his offspring in ancient Greece, while such topics as buying and selling sex, or the relation...