Felicia Hemans: Selected Poems, Letters, Reception Materials

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Princeton University Press, 2000 - 633 Seiten

The first standard edition of the writings of Felicia Hemans (1793-1835), this volume marks a revival of interest in, and a new critical appreciation of, one of the most important literary figures of the early nineteenth century. A best-selling poet in England and America, Felicia Hemans was regarded as leading female poet in her day, celebrated as the epitome of national feminine values. However, this same narrow perception of her work eventually relegated Hemans to an obscurity lightened occasionally by parody and a sentimental enthusiasm for poems such as The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers and Casabianca. Only now is Hemans's work being rediscovered and reconsidered--for the complexity of its social and political vision, but also for its sounding of dissonances in nineteenth-century cultural ideals, and for its recasting of the traditional canon of male Romantics.

Offering readers a firsthand acquaintance with the remarkable range of Hemans's writing, this volume includes five major works in their entirety, along with a much-admired aggregate, Records of Woman. Hemans's letters, many published here for the first time, reflect her views of her contemporaries, her work, her negotiations with publishers, and her emerging celebrity, while reviews and letters from others--including Lord Byron, Walter Scott, and the Wordsworths--tell the story of Hemans's reception in her time. An introduction by editor Susan Wolfson puts these writings, as well as Hemans's life and work, into much-needed perspective for the contemporary reader.

 

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To Fanny Luxmoore midJuly 1822
9
xi
9
541
9
LETTERS
9
CONTENTS
9
GENERAL INDEX
9
Хін
9
From Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine 1835
9
With Other Poems 1828
329
Hannah More 1820
383
Evening Prayer at a Girls School
436
The Diver
460
British Review 1820
483
NineteenthCentury Retrospects
580
521
619
268
621

From The Domestic Affections and Other Poems 1812
9
A Poem 1816
18
Modern Greece A Poem 1817
34
580
50
535
295
576
623
To a friend ?28 June 1834
625
Maria Jane Jewsbury The Three Histories 1830
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Susan Wolfson is Professor of English at Princeton University. She is the author of several critical volumes on poetry of the British Romantic era and the editor of critical editions of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and editions of Byron, Hood, Praed, Beddoes, as well as the "Romantics" unit of the Longman Anthology of British Literature.

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