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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Textual Production Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Byron (an admirer of Montagu's writing) came on some of her letters to Algarotti in Venice in the early nineteenth century, but his efforts to get John Murray to publish them came to nothing. A...
Textual Production Charlotte Nooth
As was her custom, she set her name to her work (which is now available on the world wide web). Although it was printed at Paris it apparently had an eye to an English market...
Textual Production Agnes Strickland
Even before settling in London, AS began her professional authorial career with tales for children, many published in The Parting Gift, of which she was at that time the editor.
Pope-Hennessy, Una. Agnes Strickland: Biographer of the Queens of England. Chatto and Windus, 1940.
She published...
Textual Production Geraldine Jewsbury
From 1857 to 1858 GJ helped Lady Morgan compile her Passages from My Autobiography, published on 1 January 1859.
Howe, Susanne. Geraldine Jewsbury: Her Life and Errors. George Allen and Unwin, 1935.
She also edited with William Hepworth DixonLady Morgan's Memoirs: Autobiography, Diaries and Correspondence...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Julia Kavanagh
In this second work of women's literary history, JK once again limits herself to the novel. Her canon comprises ten authors, from Aphra Behn to Sydney Morgan by way of Sarah Fielding , Frances Burney
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Flora Tristan
One chapter, entitled English Women, criticizes British social systems, and details the consequences women suffer because of the indissolubility of marriage.
Tristan, Flora. Flora Tristan’s London Journal, 1840. Translators Palmer, Dennis and Giselle Pincetl, Charles River Books, 1980.
FT shows particular sympathy for Rosina Bulwer Lytton , whom she depicts...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text George Paston
The subjects of the first collection include Sydney Owenson (Lady Morgan) , Mary Howitt and her husband , and Lady Hester Stanhope .
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Sarah Green
M. G. Lewis is a more complicated case, treated with some nuance. SG admires The Monk but feels that after that Lewis's real talent was obscured by the baneful influence of German fiction: she agrees...
Travel Charlotte Guest
Her Mamma had entreated I should not go by this conveyance, lest some accident should befall.
Guest, Charlotte. Extracts from her Journal, 1833–1852. Editor Bessborough, Vere Brabazon Ponsonby, John Murray, 1950.
CG later travelled on the inaugural journey of the Great Western Railway
Guest, Charlotte. Extracts from her Journal, 1833–1852. Editor Bessborough, Vere Brabazon Ponsonby, John Murray, 1950.
and on a train...
Wealth and Poverty Adelaide O'Keeffe
Lord Melbourne , who got Sydney Morgan her Crown pension of £300 a year, refused to increase AOK 's annual award of £50.
Archives of the Royal Literary Fund, 1790-1918.
Wealth and Poverty Eliza Fay
She died in debt. A substantial collection of books, sold after her death in an auction held to raise money to satisfy her creditors, included works by Sir Walter Scott , Anna Letitia Barbauld ,...
Wealth and Poverty Geraldine Jewsbury
GJ received £200 willed to her by Lady Morgan .
Howe, Susanne. Geraldine Jewsbury: Her Life and Errors. George Allen and Unwin, 1935.


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