Sarah Ponsonby

Standard Name: Ponsonby, Sarah


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Literary responses Anna Seward
The Critical Review responded with high praise both of AS (The real lovers of poetry have often lamented that the Muse of Miss Seward should have been so silent)
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
2d ser. 17 (1796):154
Literary responses Harriet Lee
The Critical Review (which thought the first volume of Canterbury Tales resembled the work of Marmontel , but happily without his profligate principles) was enthusiastic: We expect the second volume with impatience, as we have...
Literary responses Jane Austen
Mary Russell Mitford found JA 's heroine pert and worldly.
Fergus, Jan. “The Professional Woman Writer”. The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen, edited by Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster, Cambridge University Press.
Jane, Lady Davy (wife of the eminent scientist), who confessed that with an exception for Maria Edgeworth she preferred old favourites to new...
Occupation Lady Eleanor Butler
The central activities of LEB and Sarah Ponsonby at Plas Newydd—study and self-improvement, gardening, landscaping (and, from the 1790s, even farming), exercising charity, and entertaining visitors—constituted a kind of life's work.
Author summary Lady Eleanor Butler
One of the two renowned Ladies of Llangollen, LEB produced life-writing (diaries, letters, and some poems) during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, which structured, recorded, and celebrated their shared way of life...
Author summary Eva Mary Bell
EMB 's fourteen books, published between 1910 and 1931, are mostly novels, and most of them appeared under the pseudonym of John Travers. She is remembered, if at all, for those set in British...
Reception E. Owens Blackburne
In the same preface EOB promises to include some previously unpublished poems by William Wordsworth , apparently in connection with the Ladies of Llangollen. Between the publication of the two volumes, however, Wordsworth's son forbade...
Reception Eliza Haywood
In 1795, by which time the novel was generally disapproved as coarse and sexually explicit, a correspondent of the Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby defended it in terms which acknowledged its indelicate language and its...
Residence Lady Eleanor Butler
Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby settled in a cottage they called Plas Newydd, in Llangollen, with which their growing reputation linked them for ever as the Ladies of Llangollen.
Mavor, Elizabeth. The Ladies of Llangollen. Michael Joseph.
Residence Rosina Bulwer Lytton, Baroness Lytton
She lived for some years at Llangollen in Wales, recently the home of Lady Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby .
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Rosina Bulwer Lytton, Baroness Lytton,. “Introduction”. A Blighted Life, edited by Marie Mulvey Roberts, Thoemmes, p. vi - xxxvi.
Textual Features Mary Matilda Betham
The Critical Review called the contents small poetical pictures, taken from nature and life, addresses to friends, moral reflections, and songs, with two or three elegies. Though this may sound humdrum, the review ranks MMB
Textual Features Natalie Clifford Barney
In L'amour défenduNCB defends the proposition that only love is important, not the sex to whom it is directed.
Barney, Natalie Clifford, and Karla Jay. A Perilous Advantage: The Best of Natalie Clifford Barney. Translator Anna Livia, New Victoria Publishers.
She argues that every person possesses both masculine and feminine principles: We should not...
Textual Features J. S. Anna Liddiard
The first poem, Kenilworth Castle. A Masque, was published separately at both Dublin and London in 1815 (after the battle of Waterloo put a new face on English patriotism), and is again dedicated to...
Textual Production Lady Eleanor Butler
LEB and Sarah Ponsonby wrote some of their voluminous correspondence jointly. Writing was one of their major pleasures; they selected paper with loving care, and kept an equally careful tally of replies received and of...
Textual Production Winifred Maxwell, Countess of Nithsdale
She told her sister that noe body but your selfe could have obtain'd [this] from me, for whom my obligations has imposed me a law of never refusing any that lys in my power. You...


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