William Enfield

Standard Name: Enfield, William

Connections

Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
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, 1958.
80
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 Margaret Minifie
The Critical belatedly noted: She is now no longer in partnership, but sets up for herself.
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
50 (1780): 168
It approved the novel's morally didactic tone, its style, characters, and narrative, but warned that it...
Literary responses Elizabeth Sophia Tomlins
William Enfield in the Monthly Review praised the novel only faintly, although he admitted that the story was well told.
Garside, Peter, James Raven, and Rainer Schöwerling, editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press, 2000.
1: 576
Literary responses Mary Charlton
This novel, although it seems not to have been remembered in the course of MC 's later career, received three lengthy reviews in serious periodicals. William Enfield in the Monthly, quoted above, said he...
Literary responses Eliza Parsons
The Critical Review treated this work with respect while placing it firmly in an inferior category: strictly moral and generally pleasing . . . . We wish our circulating libraries were always so well supplied...
Literary responses Lady Mary Walker
Reviewers were impressed. The Critical praised the author's great knowledge of the world and her soundness of judgement, both natural and acquired: Considered as a female writer, (we beg pardon of the ladies for this...
Literary responses Maria Susanna Cooper
The Critical Review welcomed this novel because it was not the work of a mercenary (throwing light on the continued prejudice against writing as a trade or profession), and said it was well calculated to...
Literary responses Eliza Parsons
William Enfield wrote in the Monthly Review that this book must stand or fall by its moral merit. He found the first volume better than the second, and the language natural, but never elegant and...
Literary responses Lady Mary Walker
Again, the two leading journals endorsed LMW 's project. Enfield in the Monthly thought the work well designed to answer its laudable purpose of instruction, and the Critical Review used the book as a peg...
Literary responses Maria Susanna Cooper
The Critical Review announced that MSChas executed her task with taste and judgement.
Garside, Peter, James Raven, and Rainer Schöwerling, editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press, 2000.
1: 237
Enfield 's Monthly notice was much longer and more appreciative, praising the story, style, characters, and catastrophe (that is...

Timeline

1774
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.