Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan

Standard Name: Morgan, Sydney Owenson,,, Lady
Birth Name: Sydney Owenson
Titled: Lady Sydney Owenson
Married Name: Lady Sydney Morgan
Pseudonym: S. O.
Nickname: Glorvina
Nickname: The Wild Irish Girl
In her capacities as poet, novelist, and travel writer with a sharp eye for culture and politics, SOLM spoke for the early movement of Irish nationalism. She also wrote plays and verse. Her reputation, once dragged down by her politics, is now rising.
Full-length portrait of Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan, by René Théodore Berthon, c. 1818. She sits in an ornate chair, with an elbow on a desk bearing paper, an inkwell, and a vase of flowers; her head rests pensively on her hand. She is wearing a black Empire-style dress with short puff sleeves, and holding a quill pen. A blue mantle with plentiful white fur trim is thrown carelessly on her chair. National Gallery of Ireland.
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Literary responses Maria Edgeworth
The Critical Review notice on Leonora began with oblique reference to Elizabeth Hamilton 's Memoirs of Modern Philosophers.
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
3d ser. 7 (1806): 215
It judged that the whole novel is written with great spirit...
Literary responses Emily Lawless
The Literary World vividly likened experiencing this novel to reading the life of a past century by lightning flashes, and the half-blinded reader reads on and on and cannot stop or look away short of...
Literary responses Anne Katharine Elwood
The reviews for Elwood's second publication were more positive than for her first: John Bull declared that each biography was marked by good taste and excellent judgement.
Allibone, S. Austin, editor. A Critical Dictionary of English Literature and British and American Authors Living and Deceased. Gale Research, 1965.
In reviewing Memoirs of the Literary Ladies of...
Literary responses Charlotte Grace O'Brien
The Athenæum called Light and Shade a modest and pathetic book.
Athenæum. J. Lection.
2662 (1878): 559
It praised the author for her moderation in pleading for justice for Ireland without succumbing to the unreasoning bitterness it discerned...
Occupation Fanny Kemble
She toured England, Scotland, and Ireland with the Covent Garden Theatre company, met Walter Scott , and was feted by Lady Morgan in Dublin.
Marshall, Dorothy. Fanny Kemble. Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1977.
In May of 1831 she was presented...
Occupation Queen Victoria
QV opened Parliament , witnessed by many including Lady Morgan , who admired her composure and oral delivery.
Stephen, Sir Leslie, and Sidney Lee, editors. The Dictionary of National Biography. Smith, Elder, 1908.
Longford, Elizabeth. Queen Victoria: Born to Succeed. Harper and Row, 1964.
Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan,. Lady Morgan’s Memoirs. Editors Dixon, William Hepworth and Geraldine Jewsbury, W. H. Allen, 1862.
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Occupation Catherine Gore
Literary historian Rebecca Lynne Russell Baird indicates that during this time CGbecame known as somewhat of a recluse who let little be known of her home life.
Baird, Rebecca Lynne Russell. Catherine Frances Gore, the Silver-Fork School, and "Mothers and Daughters": True Views of Society in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain. University of Arkansas, may 1992.
Yet this was the period during...
Occupation John Wilson Croker
JWC became a lawyer, (moving from Ireland to London after the Act of Union) a Tory MP, an editor of several eighteenth-century texts (including letters by Lady Hervey and by Henrietta Howard, Lady Suffolk )...
Occupation Geraldine Jewsbury
Lady Morgan was over seventy years old when the two women first met. They became close friends; Jewsbury often visited and dined with Morgan when she was feeling ill. When Morgan began work on her...
Author summary Olivia Clarke
OC , sister of the more famous Irish writer Sydney Morgan , reads like an eighteenth-century writer though she was active in the early nineteenth century. She produced spirited light verse (always good-humoured though sometimes...
Publishing Geraldine Jewsbury
GJ received £90 from Lady Morgan for her help preparing Passages from My Autobiography.
Howe, Susanne. Geraldine Jewsbury: Her Life and Errors. George Allen and Unwin, 1935.
Publishing Olivia Clarke
OC began privately circulating her rhyming-couplet burlesque of J. W. Croker 's attack in the Quarterly on her sister 's book France.
Quarterly Review. J. Murray.
17 (1817): 260
Feminist Companion Archive.
Publishing Lady Caroline Lamb
According to her own account, LCL wrote her notorious novel Glenarvon and sent it to press within one month, while articles of separation were being drawn up by her husband following her act of violence...
Reception Elizabeth Hamilton
EH 's death, as Pam Perkins notes, received detailed and respectful coverage throughout the national press, including The Times's lengthy and sombrely respectful obituary by Maria Edgeworth .
Perkins, Pamela. Women Writers and the Edinburgh Enlightenment. Rodopi, 2010.
Edgeworth was only mistaken in...
Reception Olivia Clarke
The editors of her sister 's Memoirs, 1862, gave the text of the poem in full.
Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan,. Lady Morgan’s Memoirs. Editors Dixon, William Hepworth and Geraldine Jewsbury, AMS Press, 1975.
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