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.


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Textual Production Ann Batten Cristall
The publisher Joseph Johnson issued by subscription ABC 's Poetical Sketches: an important text in women's Romanticism.
Her title was the same as that of William Blake 's first publication, 1783. Critic Richard C. Sha
Textual Production Elizabeth Gilding
Elizabeth Turner (formerly EG ) composed a poem entitled To Miss Helen Maria Williams , on Her Poem of Peru: it appeared the following month in the Gentleman's Magazine, only a few months after Peru was published.
Pitcher, Edward W. Signatures and Pseudonyms of the Eighteenth-Century British Magazines: An Annotated Index in Three Volumes.
Textual Production Charlotte Nooth
His De la littérature des Nègres in its original form reflects internationalism, anglophilia, and perhaps even proto-feminism. The title-page quotes Mary Robinson . The roll of honour of white activists for abolition and racial equality...
Textual Production Isabella Neil Harwood
This three-act romantic drama is founded on the novel by Bernardin de Saint-Pierre which was titled in its English translation by Helen Maria WilliamsPaul and Virginia, June 1795. After the first act, though...
Textual Production Hester Lynch Piozzi
HLP was working on some literary, political, and philosophical dialogues to be called Una and Duessa, which were designed to counter the writings of Helen Maria Williams .
Clifford, James L. Hester Lynch Piozzi (Mrs Thrale). Clarendon Press.
Textual Production Laetitia-Matilda Hawkins
LMH took issue with Helen Maria Williams , anonymously, in the polemical Letters on the Female Mind, Its Powers and Pursuits.
Fergus, Jan. “Laetitia-Matilda Hawkins’s Anonymous Novels Identified”. Notes and Queries, Vol.
, No. 2, pp. 152-6.
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
Textual Production Mary Hays
George Dyer suggested, about February 1797, that MH should collaborate with Ann Batten Cristall on an excellent poetical novel
Kelly, Gary. Women, Writing, and Revolution 1790-1827. Clarendon.
(that is a novel with poems inset, like Helen Maria Williams 's Julia). Since...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Mary Whateley Darwall
But most poems in this volume are occasional, more or less public. MWD wrote about buildings: the fake-medieval Hockley Abbey near Birmingham and the genuine medieval Kenilworth Castle. She wrote about Scotland: ballads...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Anne Grant
In a passage that deploys all her own high rhetorical ability she seeks to prove that women's ability is normally inferior to men's. Wollstonecraft's book, which is so run after here, that there is no...
Travel Amelia Opie
They travelled with Anne Plumptre and stayed with Helen Maria Williams . They went as far as Naples.
Travel Anne Plumptre
AP set out for France to visit Helen Maria Williams ; she stayed in France for nearly three years.
Plumptre, Anne. “Introduction”. Something New, edited by Deborah McLeod, Broadview, p. vii - xxix.
xxvii, x


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