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 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...
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...
Literary responses Clara Reeve
The Critical Review (which assumed the author to be male) defined his intention as to interest the imagination . . . by going into the marvellous, without transgressing the bounds of credibility.
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
44 (1777): 154
Literary responses Ann Gomersall
Both the Monthly Review and Critical Review liked what they saw as Eleonora's simple plot, good morality, and Yorkshire humour. The Critical wished the author for the future the success which she so well...
Literary responses Mary Robinson
MR 's daughter says the first edition sold out in a single day. Five more impressions followed. Reviewers were less keen. Though William Enfield in the Monthly Review praised the novel's richness of language and...
Literary responses Ann Gomersall
Again the Critical Review enjoyed AG 's humour, if not her plotting. It supposed her to be influenced by George Lillo 's bourgeois tragedy The London Merchant (having in mind, no doubt, the vindication of...
Literary responses Regina Maria Roche
The Critical Review thought that this novel, if possibly amusing, was definitely forgettable.
Garside, Peter et al., editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press.
1: 596-7
William Enfield in the Monthly found it natural, amusing, and romantic: the work was above contempt even though it had...
Literary responses Anna Letitia Barbauld
This work was controversial. William Enfield in the Monthly Review praised it and endorsed its opinions.
McCarthy, William. Anna Letitia Barbauld, Voice of the Enlightenment. The Johns Hopkins University Press.
Mary Wollstonecraft quoted from Barbauld's Thoughts on the Devotional Taste in her own preface to The Female Reader...
Literary responses Susannah Gunning
SG 's new notoriety helped her popularity as a writer. The Gentleman's Magazine found Anecdotes to be the production of an elegant and accomplished mind, though it complained of printer's errors and errors in French...
Literary responses Margaret Holford
This novel was somewhat condescendingly noticed in the Critical Review as artless, an interesting little story, related in a pleasing manner, though vulnerable to various criticisms. William Enfield in the Monthly expressed indulgence towards...
Literary responses Charlotte Smith
The Critical Review, reviewing this book, called CS a sister-queen
Fletcher, Loraine. Charlotte Smith: A Critical Biography. Macmillan.
of the novel with Frances Burney . William Enfield in the Monthly praised it warmly.
Garside, Peter et al., editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press.
1: 548
Wollstonecraft , probable author of the...


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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