Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Green, Sarah
Birth Name: Sarah
Married Name: Sarah Green
Pseudonym: The Author of Mental Improvement
Pseudonym: The Author of the Tankerville Family . . . .
Pseudonym: The Author of The Private History of the Court of
Pseudonym: S. G****
Pseudonym: A Cockney
Besides a conduct book, a translation, and a pamphlet, SG
wrote most fictional forms available to her: novels in several modes, stories, romances, and most notably mock-romances. She was one of the ten most prolific novelists of 1800-19
Green, Sarah. “Introduction: Romantic Reading and Writing: The Creation and Consumption of the Early Nineteenth-Century Novel; A Note on the Text”. Romance Readers and Romance Writers, edited by Christopher Goulding, Pickering and Chatto, 2010, p. ix - xxii, xxix-xxxi.
(and not all of her nearly twenty titles are discussed here). Like Jane Austen
, another mocker of the conventions of women's fiction, she was steeped in the writers she laughed at. Her opinions are strictly conservative; yet she ranges freely in subject-matter, creates lively and spirited heroines, and leavens the weight of moral judgement with the play of irony. Her career spanned the years 1790-1825, and she clearly took it seriously. She began putting her name on title-pages in about 1810.
On her deathbed MR
regretted that most of her works had been composed in too much haste,
Robinson, Mary. Perdita: The Memoirs of Mary Robinson. Levy, Moses JosephEditor , Peter Owen, 1994.
and declared that if, against all expectation, she should survive, she would begin a new long work...
Another edition followed from the Minerva Press
in 1812, which is the only one listed by OCLC WorldCat.
Garside, Peter, James Raven, and Rainer Schöwerling, editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press, 2000.
alleged the following year that this was not original, but a translation...
The poem's narrative enforces its moral. Mary, an orphan who later has to work as a governess, is prepared to sacrifice her lover, Pembroke, an earl's son, to her privileged cousin Lady Jane, who returns...
Complete sets of this work are now rare, but it seems that two volumes appeared in 1794 and a third in 1797. The title-page refers to PW
's authorship of Leisure Hours. Her new...