Anne Grant

Standard Name: Grant, Anne
Birth Name: Anne MacVicar
Married Name: Anne Grant
Nickname: Mrs Grant of Laggan
Pseudonym: the Author of Letters from the Mountains
AG 's life as woman of letters, which had its foundations in a bookish, colonial American childhood and isolated, late-eighteenth-century married years in the Scottish Highlands, was constructed during her residence in Edinburgh during the early nineteenth century. Her initial attitude to publication was ambivalent (no doubt because she hated being in financial need), but by the end of her life she came to see herself as a serious poet. Her letters are full of acute and up-to-the-minute literary judgements: particularly on women writers, among whom she has no sympathy for radicals. Her best-known work today is her biography of a colonial North American woman, a fascinating document in cultural history.
Black and white engraving of Anne Grant by H. Robinson after a painting by K. Macleay. She sits in an armchair wearing a large ribboned cap and frilled collar tied with a black bow, with a shawl over her dress. Behind her is a dark curtain and a small table with books and papers. Above her right shoulder a window shows a Highland scene: a little boat on a tree-fringed loch and hills or mountains  behind.
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death Robert Burns
Anne Grant wrote prose remarks on his memory, a poem on his death, and Verses Addressed to Mrs Dunlop of Dunlop, on reading Burns's letters to that Lady.
Grant, Anne. Poems on Various Subjects. Printed for the Author by J. Moir, 1803.
Friends, Associates Eliza Fletcher
Hamilton, herself a conservative, set about de-demonizing EF 's political reputation. She had good success in persuading her friends that Mrs Fletcher was not the ferocious Democrat she had been represented, and that she neither...
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Hamilton
While in Wales they visited Lady Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby (the ladies of Llangollen) and in the Lakes they stayed with Elizabeth Smith and her family.
Benger, Elizabeth Ogilvy. Memoirs of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Hamilton. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1818.
1: 152-4
Smith, Elizabeth. Fragments, In Prose and Verse. Bowdler, Henrietta MariaEditor , Richard Cruttwell, 1811.
In Edinburgh in 1803...
Friends, Associates Felicia Hemans
While in Scotland she met not only Scott and Jeffrey , she met in person her publisher William Blackwood , writer Anne Grant , critic John Wilson , and sculptor Angus Fletcher .
Lawrence, Rose. The Last Autumn at a Favorite Residence, with Other Poems. G. and J. Robinson, etc. and John Murray, 1836.
Hughes, Harriet Browne Owen, and Felicia Hemans. “Memoir of Mrs. Hemans”. The Works of Mrs. Hemans, W. Blackwood, 1839, pp. 1 - 315.
Friends, Associates Anne Bannerman
That summer she was a guest for some time in the house of Anne Grant .
Friends, Associates Mary Brunton
MB 's earliest close friend in Edinburgh was a Mrs Izett. When she dedicated her first book to Joanna Baillie , this began a friendship between them. She was friendly with Anne Grant (who was...
Friends, Associates Catherine Fanshawe
CF 's friends included other highly literate middle-class women such as Mary Berry and Anne Grant in Edinburgh. (Her friendship with Grant was maintained entirely by correspondence—she and her sisters hoped to visit Edinburgh in...
Health Mary Brunton
Anne Grant related the story of the three-day labour and great suffering. After the baby was born dead, MB insisted on seeing it, held its hand, and said: The feeling this hand has caused to...
Intertextuality and Influence Anna Letitia Barbauld
J. W. Croker 's notice in the Quarterly Review (in June 1812, wrongly attributed by some to Southey ) was most offensive of all. He reached for the gendered weapons so often drawn against Mary Wollstonecraft
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Isabella Spence
Spence's title-page bears a quotation from James Cririe , a little-known Scots poet whom Burns had praised (and whom she cites several times later in her text). Perhaps for the sake of her original audience...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Isabella Spence
Literary historian Pam Perkins points out that Spence here describes a feminocenric cultural milieu, and develops a confident voice in doing so., that she foregrounds her own roots in the Aberdeen Enlightenment, and that her...
Literary responses Eliza Fletcher
She received letters of praise and congratulation on this publication from a number of distinguished pens. Anne Grant wrote characteristically that they far exceeded my expectations. She had expected exalted moral feeling, purity of sentiment...
Literary responses Jane Austen
JA 's early admirers among her fellow women writers constituted a small, select band. They included Sarah Harriet Burney , Anne Grant , Mary Ann Kelty , Maria Callcott , Maria Jane Jewsbury , Harriet Martineau
Literary responses Laetitia-Matilda Hawkins
Anne Grant was particularly enthusiastic. She said she could give a whole summer to this novel: they will tell you it is dry at first, and long throughout. The first volume you will find sterile...
Literary responses Samuel Johnson
Hostile response was immediate and clamorous. Johnson was accused of inveterate prejudice against Scotland and the Scots, an accusation which continued to be repeated even by some readers, like Anne Grant , who were admirers...


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