Standard Name: Wakefield, Priscilla
Birth Name: Priscilla Bell
Married Name: Priscilla Wakefield
PW 's sixteen titles, begun at a time when she was past forty and spanning the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, were all published with the aim of improving the state of the world as well as making some income that was much needed by her family. She wrote, chiefly for young people, of scientific knowledge, of other countries, and of history, casting her works in dialogues, letters, or narrative. She also examined the condition of women.
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|Education||Mary Louisa Molesworth||
Educated privately at home, MLM could not remember a time before she could read, nor any time when reading stories was not my greatest delight.
She began formal learning with her mother. She read...
Green, Roger Lancelyn. Mrs. Molesworth. Bodley Head, 1961.
|Education||Mary Cowden Clarke||
MCC later remembered her responsibility, when very young, of escorting her two next younger brothers to their school.
Unlike them, she began her education at home. She writes fondly about the rich array of...
Clarke, Mary Cowden. My Long Life. Dodd, Mead, 1896.
|Family and Intimate relationships||Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck||
Springing from a distinguished Quaker family, MAS had a large circle of cousins who made a name for themselves in one way or another. Her cousins included the writer Priscilla Wakefield , and the sisters...
|Intertextuality and Influence||Mary Hays|
|Intertextuality and Influence||Jane Loudon|
|Intertextuality and Influence||Susanna Watts||
The fuller title was A Walk through Leicester, being a guide . . . containing a description of the town and its environs, with remarks upon it's [sic] history and antiquities. It was printed...
|Intertextuality and Influence||Anna Letitia Barbauld|
|Literary responses||Amelia B. Edwards||
Henry Fothergill Chorley in the Athenæum faulted the book as being something close to a textbook under the guise of entertainment. Young people, he argued, resent such books as engines of oppression.
Athenæum. J. Lection.
1788 (1862): 151
|Textual Features||Muriel Jaeger|
|Textual Features||Sarah Trimmer|
|Textual Features||Susanna Watts|
|Textual Features||Lucy Aikin||
This is a work of pedagogy in a form made familiar by Priscilla Wakefield and others, combining history, geography, and adventure, with an overall strong narrative drive.
Its full title is The Travels of...
Paul, Lissa. The Children’s Book Business. Routledge, 2011.
|Textual Features||Lydia Maria Child||
Its dialogue form (two children talk with Aunt Maria) followed English models like Jane Marcet and Priscilla Wakefield , but much of its material (about slaves, Indians, local botany) is distinctively American. Historical novels are...
8 December 1786
The Times (not yet using its final and best-known title) attributed the alleged rise in the number of prostitutes to the male takeover of traditionally female jobs (for example, milliner, dress-maker, stay-maker, and so on).