Anna Letitia Barbauld

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Standard Name: Barbauld, Anna Letitia
Birth Name: Anna Letitia Aikin
Nickname: Nancy
Married Name: Anna Letitia Barbauld
Pseudonym: A Dissenter
Pseudonym: A Volunteer
Pseudonym: Bob Short
Used Form: Mrs Barbauld
Used Form: Anna Laetitia Barbauld
ALB , writing and publishing in the late eighteenth and the early nineteenth century, was a true woman of letters, an important poet, revered as mouthpiece or laureate for Rational Dissent. Her ground-breaking work on literary, political, social, and other intellectual topics balances her still better-known pedagogical works and writings for the very young. During her lifetime an extraordinary revolution in public opinion made her vilified as markedly as she had been revered.

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death Hester Mulso Chapone
Anna Letitia Barbauld wrote her obituary for the Monthly Magazine.
Education Harriet Martineau
When young, HM was taught by her older siblings. Her eldest sister, Elizabeth , taught her French, Thomas taught her Latin, and Henry taught her mathematics and writing. Although practical jokes and name-calling played a...
Education Anna Brownell Jameson
Anna was educated by Miss Yokeley , a governess, who taught her French. After the departure of Miss Yokeley, some time between 1803 and 1806, Anna acted as governess to her sisters. She also taught...
Education Lucy Aikin
LA was educated at home by her mother. Because she did not learn to read as quickly as others in the family, her grandmother (who fondly remembered the unequalled early brilliance of her own daughter,...
Education Mary Louisa Molesworth
Educated privately at home, MLM could not remember a time before she could read, nor any time when reading stories was not my greatest delight.
Green, Roger Lancelyn. Mrs. Molesworth. Bodley Head.
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She began formal learning with her mother. She read...
Education Anna Sewell
For most of her childhood, AS was educated at home by her mother, as the Sewell family could not afford formal training for either of the children. Mary Sewell believed strongly in the Edgeworth s'...
Education Mary Lamb
It is not clear whether ML shared her brother Charles's contempt for didactic children's books which stuff the child with insignificant & vapid knowledge instead of appealing to the imagination, which BLIGHTS & BLASTS...
Education Mary Cowden Clarke
MCC later remembered her responsibility, when very young, of escorting her two next younger brothers to their school.
Clarke, Mary Cowden. My Long Life. Dodd, Mead.
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Unlike them, she began her education at home. She writes fondly about the rich array of...
Education Mary Howitt
They seem to have made some stops on the way, since Mary says they travelled across a country loud with celebrations of George III's Jubilee (whose date was 25 October). At this school, where other...
Education Frances Power Cobbe
FPC received lessons from her nurse Martha Jones and from her mother . Her reading included Sarah Trimmer 's History of the Robins, Anna Barbauld 's Lessons for Children, and poetry by Jane Taylor
Education Anne Marsh
At probably four years old AM read Anna Letitia Barbauld 's Lessons for Children (a composite title for her various books for the very young). With her reader Anne Caldwell, Barbauld achieved her aim of...
Education Georgiana Fullerton
She could read by four-and-a-half, and recalls an early admiration for hymns by Anna Letitia Barbauld and Maria Edgeworth . Julius Cæsar, the first Shakespearean play that she saw, left a lasting impression. Later...
Education Elizabeth Gaskell
Until the age of eleven, Elizabeth was taught at home by her Aunt Hannah Lumb . As befitting the Unitarian emphasis on personal freedom and rationality, she read widely, and was encouraged to make her...
Education Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck
Her home learning had begun well before this: a very early text in her life was Anna Letitia Barbauld 's Hymns in Prose for Children, which her mother used to read with her.
Schimmelpenninck, Mary Anne. Life of Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck. Editor Hankin, Christiana C., Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts.
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Family and Intimate relationships Bessie Rayner Parkes
BRP 's great-grandfather, her mother's grandfather, was the famous Radical and Unitarian scientist Joseph Priestley , sometimes referred to as the father of modern chemistry.
Lowndes, Marie Belloc. I, Too, Have Lived in Arcadia. Macmillan.
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Markel, Michael H. Hilaire Belloc. Twayne.
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He and his wife, Mary Wilkinson Priestley

Timeline

August 1715: Isaac Watts published Divine Songs Attempted...

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August 1715

Isaac Watts published DivineSongs Attempted in Easy Language for the Use of Children.

18 June 1744: John Newbery advertised his Little Pretty...

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18 June 1744

John Newbery advertised his Little Pretty Pocket Book, one of the first books aimed at delighting children while instructing them.

1762-December 1772: Under the auspices of the third Duke of Bridgewater,...

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1762-December 1772

Under the auspices of the third Duke of Bridgewater , a canal was built connecting Manchester with Liverpool (about 56 miles).

8 May 1769: The independence struggle of Corsica against...

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8 May 1769

The independence struggle of Corsica against the Republic of Genoa ended in defeat by the French at Pontenuovo.

July 1773: The Westminster Magazine printed, along with...

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July 1773

The Westminster Magazine printed, along with its account of Oxford University 's annual degree-giving, an article by L. P.On the Propriety of Bestowing Academical Honours on the Ladies.

April 1774: The Monthly Review, in a notice on Hannah...

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April 1774

The Monthly Review, in a notice on Hannah More 's The Inflexible Captive, quoted some lines which transform the Muses from ancient Greece into the living female poets of Britain.

1777: Richard Samuel engraved his Nine Living Muses...

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1777

Richard Samuel engraved his Nine Living Muses of Great Britain (or Portraits in the Character of the Muses in the Temple of Apollo) for Johnson's Ladies New and Polite Pocket Memorandum for 1778...

January 1781-December 1782: The Lady's Poetical Magazine, or Beauties...

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January 1781-December 1782

The Lady's Poetical Magazine, or Beauties of British Poetry appeared, published by James Harrison in four half-yearly numbers; it is arguable whether or not it kept the first number's promise of generous selections of work...

1785: Dialogues Concerning the Ladies, a celebration...

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1785

Dialogues Concerning the Ladies, a celebration of famous women, was anonymously published; it borrows from Ballard 's Memoirs of Eminent Ladies.

April 1789: The Gentleman's Magazine published Anna Seward's...

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April 1789

The Gentleman's Magazine published Anna Seward 's selection of living celebrated Female Poets.

2 March 1790: Charles James Fox proposed in the House of...

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2 March 1790

Charles James Fox proposed in the House of Commons the repeal of the Corporation and Test Acts (instruments of discrimination against Dissenters ). Next day his motion was voted down (its third rejection in four years).

Late 1790: William Holland published a print of Burke...

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Late 1790

William Holland published a print of Burke running the gauntlet of enemies with whips: women as well as men.

1791: Gilbert Wakefield published An Enquiry into...

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1791

Gilbert Wakefield published An Enquiry into the Expediency and Propriety of Public or Social Worship, whose arguments were challenged in different ways by Anna Letitia Barbauld and Mary Hays .

19 April 1791: Wilberforce's motion to abolish the slave-trade...

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19 April 1791

Wilberforce 's motion to abolish the slave-trade (put on 18 April) was defeated in the House of Commons .

14 June 1792: The title of radical novelist Robert Bage's...

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14 June 1792

The title of radical novelist Robert Bage 's anonymous Man As He Is, published this day, suggests the unpalatable truths revealed by reformers or satirists; it influenced later titles chosen by William Godwin and others.

Texts

Barbauld, Anna Letitia. A Legacy for Young Ladies. Editor Aikin, Lucy, Longman, 1826.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia. An Address to the Opposers of the Repeal of the Corporation and Test Acts. J. Johnson, 1790.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia. Anna Letitia Barbauld : Selected Poetry and Prose. Editors McCarthy, William and Elizabeth Kraft, Broadview, 2001.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia. Civic Sermons to the People. J. Johnson, 1792.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia. Devotional Pieces. J. Johnson, 1775.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia. Eighteen Hundred and Eleven. J. Johnson, 1812.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia. Epistle to William Wilberforce, Esq. J. Johnson, 1791.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia, and John Aikin. Evenings at Home. J. Johnson, 1796.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia. Hymns in Prose for Children. J. Johnson, 1781.
McCarthy, William et al. “Introduction”. The Poems of Anna Letitia Barbauld, University of Georgia Press, 1994, p. xxi - xlvi.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia. Lessons for Children, from Three to Four Years Old. Joseph Johnson, 1779.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia. Lessons for Children, of Three Years Old. Joseph Johnson, 1778.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia. Lessons for Children, of Two to Three Years Old. Joseph Johnson, 1778.
Edgeworth, Maria et al. Letters of Maria Edgeworth and Anna Letitia Barbauld. Editor Scott, Walter Sidney, Golden Cockerel Press, 1953.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia. “Memoir”. The Works of Anna Laetitia Barbauld, edited by Lucy Aikin, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1825, p. 1: v - lxix.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia, and John Aikin. Miscellaneous Pieces in Prose. J. Johnson, 1773.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia. Poems. J. Johnson, 1773.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia. Reasons for National Penitence. 1794.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia. Remarks on . . . the Expediency and Propriety of Public or Social Worship. J. Johnson, 1792.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia, editor. Selections from the Spectator, Tatler, Guardian and Freeholder. J. Johnson, 1804.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia. Sins of Government, Sins of the Nation. J. Johnson, 1793.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia, editor. The British Novelists. Rivington, 1810.
Richardson, Samuel. The Correspondence of Samuel Richardson. Editor Barbauld, Anna Letitia, Richard Phillips, 1804.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia, editor. The Female Speaker. J. Johnson, 1811.
Collins, William. The Poetical Works of William Collins. Editor Barbauld, Anna Letitia, T. Cadell, jun. and W. Davies, 1797.