William Enfield

Standard Name: Enfield, William


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Anthologization Anna Letitia Barbauld
For this her great support and encouragement was her brother (as he, rather than her husband , continued to be for her later publications). After he left home to pursue his studies, she sent him...
Cultural formation Hannah Cullwick
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...
Education Harriette Wilson
HW 's story of her education is one of tyranny and resistance. Her worst beating from her father was incurred for obstinacy. Her elder sister Jane (called Diana in her memoirs) was supposed to teach...
Friends, Associates Anna Letitia Barbauld
The literary society of ALB 's time was, as biographer Betsy Rodgers notes, small and intimate.
Rodgers, Betsy. Georgian Chronicle: Mrs Barbauld and her Family. Methuen.
Writers all knew each other and kept in touch; those who did not live in London visited frequently...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Wollstonecraft
The full title is The Female Reader: or, Miscellaneous Pieces in Prose and Verse: Selected from the Best Writers, and Disposed under Proper Heads; for the Improvement of Young Women. MW said she had...
Intertextuality and Influence Anna Letitia Barbauld
William Enfield quoted eight lines from Aikin (as Our Poetess) in dedicating his very popular anthology The Speaker, designed for the teaching of elocution, to the head of Warrington Academy . Her volume...
Literary responses Joanna Baillie
Very few copies sold.
Baillie, Joanna. “Introduction”. The Selected Poems of Joanna Baillie, 1762-1851, edited by Jennifer Breen, Manchester University Press, pp. 1-25.
The single review, recalled by JB as significant, was by the Rev. William Enfield , who wrote in the Monthly Review of November 1791, that the poems were simple, unexaggerated,...
Literary responses Eliza Fenwick
Secresy had six reviews in 1795; EF wrote much later that they blamed the principles but commended the style & Imagination.
Paul, Lissa. Eliza Fenwick, Early Modern Feminist. University of Delaware Press.
The Critical Review was put off by the title but then moved to...
Literary responses Eliza Parsons
The Critical Review sounded somewhat divided in its judgement. It commended this work's general good sense and tendency, and found the incidents, in the first volume at any rate, probable, interesting, and affecting, and interspersed...
Literary responses Jane West
The Critical Review cited West's preface approvingly and noted that she had fulfilled the intentions there set out. William Enfield in the Monthly Review professed himself delighted to see fictional talent successfully employed to efface...
Literary responses Phebe Gibbes
The Critical Review thought it mediocre circulating-library fare (though the closing scenes were better than the rest), while William Enfield in the Monthly Review praised this now lost work for its easy and agreeable style...
Literary responses Sarah Pearson
The Critical Review reported that this book was written upon the same plan with the Adventures of a Guinea, which the writer has ingeniously imitated.
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
(October 1794): 99
(The reference is to Charles Johnstone 's...
Literary responses Phebe Gibbes
Conservative reviewers were offended. The Critical sneered at Maria (presented, it says, as far too wise for a young lady), who remains single , that she may have more time, we suppose, to write improbable...
Literary responses Anne Plumptre
Antoinette was well reviewed. The Critical hailed a novel which neither endangered its readers' morals nor bored them with constant moralising. It dropped hints about the author's identity which amounted to puffing, saying it believed...
Literary responses Mary Martha Sherwood
Sherwood's father found The Traditions, correctly she said, grounded on high and chivalrous feeling, and ignorance of life.
Sherwood, Mary Martha, and Henry Sherwood. The Life of Mrs. Sherwood. Editor Kelly, Sophia, Darton.
MMS said later that it was well-written for a seventeen-year-old.
Sherwood, Mary Martha, and Henry Sherwood. The Life of Mrs. Sherwood. Editor Kelly, Sophia, Darton.
It received a good...


1774: William Enfield first published his often-reprinted...

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William Enfield first published his often-reprinted pedagogicanthologyThe Speaker.
Although this is the earliest edition recorded in the English Short Title Catalogue, it calls itself a new edition.


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