Elizabeth Helme

Standard Name: Helme, Elizabeth
Birth Name: Elizabeth Horrobin
Married Name: Elizabeth Helme
EH began publishing in the 1780s to supplement her family's income. She issued ten novels with her name or some other means of (at least later) identification, three translations, and a number of didactic and pedagogical works for the young, She told the Royal Literary Fund that she had translated sixteen volumes for different booksellers [that is publishers] without my name, which suggests that some remain unidentified.
Archives of the Royal Literary Fund, 1790-1918.
Her novels abound in cliché but deploy their derivative plots, characters, and diction with attractive energy and conviction. She is interested in problems of class, race, and social justice, though given to finding easy fictional solutions for them.


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Dedications Elizabeth Boyd
The British Library copy is 11633 e. 50. EB published it with S. Slow , and dedicated it the fourth Earl of Cardigan (who had recently succeeded to this title and was later created Duke...
Education Mary Russell Mitford
MRM was said to have learned to read by the time she was three. In January 1806 she got through fifty-five volumes, including books by Sarah Harriet Burney , Maria Edgeworth , Elizabeth Hamilton ,...
Intertextuality and Influence Ellen Johnston
In contrast to the life-writings of her working-class contemporary Hannah Cullwick , EJ 's autobiography is remarkably self-reflexive and literary. She says that an account of her life in Dundee alone, her trials, disappointments, joys...
Intertextuality and Influence Mrs F. C. Patrick
The narrative is at first somewhat flat-footed in its insistence that this is not a novel, but it acquires further flavour whenever the old gentleman telling it becomes self-referential. His daughter, he says, acts the...
Publishing Eliza Haywood
Spedding counts three London editions and one from Dublin. A French translation by Crébillon appeared ten years later as Les Heureux orphelins, was reprinted at both Paris and Brussels, and had a...
Publishing Isabella Kelly
The preface states that much of this material was written before she reached the age of fourteen, and the rest under the pressure of a variety of domestic calamities,
Kelly, Isabella. A Collection of Poems and Fables. Richardson.
including wrongs to her father...
Publishing Jane West
JW published with her name Alicia de Lacy. An Historical Romance; she dated her introduction 7 March and the work was advertised as in press the next month.
Longman listed it in a flyer...
Textual Features Sarah Trimmer
In addition to Catharine Cappe 's work on Sunday schools and versions of fairy stories by Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy , the magazine reviewed work by a whole library of didactic, pedagogical, or improving writers, reprinted as...


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Helme, Elizabeth. Albert. Sampson Low, 1799.
Helme, Elizabeth. Clara and Emmeline. G. Kearsley, 1788.
Campe, Joachim Heinrich. Columbus. Translator Helme, Elizabeth, Sampson Low, 1799.
Helme, Elizabeth. Duncan and Peggy. J. Bell, 1794.
Helme, Elizabeth. Instructive Rambles Extended, in London and the Adjacent Villages. J. Harris, late Newbery and Darton and Harvey, 1806.
Helme, Elizabeth. Instructive Rambles in London, and the Adjacent Villages. T. N. Longman and E. Newbery, 1798.
Helme, Elizabeth. Louisa. G. Kearsley, 1787.
Helme, Elizabeth. Magdalen. Norbury, 1812.
Helme, Elizabeth. Modern Times. P. Norbury, 1814.
Campe, Joachim Heinrich. Pizarro. Translator Helme, Elizabeth, Sampson Low, 1799.
Campe, Joachim Heinrich. Pizarro. Translator Helme, Elizabeth, C. Cradock and W. Joy; P. Norbury, 1811.
Helme, Elizabeth. Plutarch’s Lives Abridged. Scatcherd and Whitaker, 1794.
Helme, Elizabeth. St Clair of the Isles. T. N. Longman and O. Rees, 1803.
Helme, Elizabeth. St Margaret’s Cave. Earle and Hemet, 1801.
Helme, Elizabeth. The Farmer of Inglewood Forest. Minerva Press, 1796.
Helme, Elizabeth. The History of Scotland. P. Norbury, 1806.
Helme, Elizabeth. The Pilgrim of the Cross. P. Norbury, 1805.
Vaillant, François Le. Travels from the Cape of Good-Hope, into the Interior Parts of Africa. Translator Helme, Elizabeth, William Lane, 1790.