Frances Arabella Rowden

Standard Name: Rowden, Frances Arabella
Married Name: St Quintin
Used Form: St Quentin
FAR , a schoolteacher by profession in the early nineteenth century, published mostly with instruction in mind. She began with a textbook on botany (designed to sanitize that topic after the work of Erasmus Darwin had made it controversial for females) which included inset poems. After another poem, she reverted to prose for books of religious tone on pagan mythology and the classics of European literature.


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Education Elizabeth Taylor
Her first school, where she went at the age of six, was a little private establishment called Leopold House, which gave a grounding in English and maths and team games.
Beauman, Nicola. The Other Elizabeth Taylor. Persephone Books.
When Betty was eleven...
Education Mary Martha Sherwood
St Quintin was a sophisticated educator who had been French Ambassador in London, and who published pedagogical books which took into consideration the age and development of the children for whom they were designed. He...
Education Anna Maria Hall
AMH 's step-grandfather paid for her education. It is possible that she attended boarding school while living in England and it is said that she was at Hans Place School , run by Frances Arabella Rowden .
Keane, Maureen. Mrs. S.C. Hall: A Literary Biography. Colin Smythe.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
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Friends, Associates Anna Jane Vardill
While she lived in London AJV moved in culturally active circles. She later described the poet Eleanor Anne Porden (who lived not far away) as her dear friend, and was one of those who...
Friends, Associates Mary Harcourt
MH and her husband subscribed in 1803 to Poems by the widowed Mrs George Sewell (Mary Sewell) . Other subscribers included Elizabeth Carter , Elizabeth Cobbold , Catherine Fanshawe , Elizabeth Montagu , Arabella Rowden
Friends, Associates Mary Russell Mitford
She once took her friend and ex-teacher Frances Arabella Rowden to hear Coleridge lecture, and sat on tenterhooks as he belittled certain popular poems and seemed about to include one of Rowden's.
Pigrome, Stella. “Mary Russell Mitford”. The Charles Lamb Bulletin, Vol.
, Charles Lamb Society, pp. 53-62.
Friends, Associates Hester Lynch Piozzi
Mary Russell Mitford (who did not know HLP ) later praised her. HLP had met Mitford's teacher the future writer Frances Arabella Rowden , in Wales while Rowden struggled as a neglected, uncared for
Mitford, Mary Russell. The Life of Mary Russell Mitford: Told by Herself in Letters To Her Friends. Editor L’Estrange, Alfred Guy Kingham, Harper and Brothers.
2: 244
Instructor Fanny Kemble
FK was sent back to Paris (where she had already attended a school she hated) to spend four years studying with Frances Arabella Rowden , who was a published author as well as a teacher.
Marshall, Dorothy. Fanny Kemble. Weidenfeld and Nicholson.
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
Instructor Lady Caroline Lamb
She attended, however, Monsieur de St Quintin 's school at 22 Hans Place, Chelsea, where she was taught by Frances Arabella Rowden , who was a writer as well as a teacher.
Douglass, Paul. Lady Caroline Lamb. Palgrave Macmillan.
Instructor L. E. L.
At the age of five, Letitia Landon (later LEL ) began her education at the reputable Frances Rowden 's school for young women at 22 Hans Place, just a few doors from her own house in Chelsea.
L. E. L.,. “Critical Materials”. Letitia Elizabeth Landon: Selected Writings, edited by Jerome McGann and Daniel Riess, Broadview, p. various pages.
Stephenson, Glennis. Letitia Landon: The Woman Behind L.E.L. Manchester University Press.
Instructor Mary Russell Mitford
She studied English, French, Italian, history, geography, Latin, and music (the subject at which she was least talented), and she acted in a production of Hannah More 's Search after Happiness.
Mitford, Mary Russell. The Life of Mary Russell Mitford: Told by Herself in Letters To Her Friends. Editor L’Estrange, Alfred Guy Kingham, Harper and Brothers.
1: 189-92
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Russell Mitford
It seems that MRM first caught the ambition of being a writer from her teacher Frances Arabella Rowden . Her early letters about her own poetry are also largely concerned with Rowden's Pleasures of Friendship...
Occupation Lady Caroline Lamb
LCL was an amateur artist of real ability. One of her emblematic designs was engraved as a frontispiece to A Christian Wreath for the Pagan Deities, 1820, a pedagogic work on Greek and Roman...
Textual Production Anna Jane Vardill
The popularity of this formula had endured for generations, from Mark Akenside (The Pleasures of Imagination, 1744) and Thomas Warton (The Pleasures of Melancholy, 1747), through Samuel Rogers (The Pleasures...
Textual Production Joan Aiken
Next year came The Smile of the Stranger, a historical romance whose English heroine experiences not only the French Revolution (since she has been living with her father in France) but other markers...


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Rowden, Frances Arabella. A Biographical Sketch of the Most Distinguished Writers of Ancient and Modern Times. 1820.
Rowden, Frances Arabella. A Biographical Sketch of the Most Distinguished Writers of Ancient and Modern Times. 1829.
Rowden, Frances Arabella. A Christian Wreath for the Pagan Deities. 1820.
Rowden, Frances Arabella. A Poetical Introduction to the Study of Botany. T. Bensley, 1801.
Rowden, Frances Arabella. The Pleasures of Friendship. A Poem. 1810.