Letters Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 21, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 410 pages
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The literary career of Anna Seward (1742-1809) had many frustrations. Erasmus Darwin once printed her poetry under his own name. Horace Walpole accused her of having 'no imagination'. And despite her evident talents, she was unable to find a patron willing to support a woman. Yet her letters reveal the breadth of her interests and the strength of her literary criticism. In addition to writing to newspapers and magazines, she counted many eminent figures among her correspondents, including James Boswell (who begged for a lock of her hair) and the young Walter Scott. This six-volume selection of her letters, edited by the publisher Archibald Constable (1774-1827), first appeared in 1811. Volume 3 covers the years 1791-4. Ranging from simple but meticulous acknowledgements of praise for her poetry through to her wary opinions of the recent French Revolution, her letters show an unwavering devotion to both her literary criticism and the people closest to her.
 

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Mrs Piozzi Page
3
Miss Weston
7
Miss Williams
15
Edward Jerningham Esq
18
Mr Courtenay on his pamphlet entitled Philosophical Reflections on the late Re volutions in France
20
H Cary Esq
22
Mr Birkbeck Harford near Blandford Dorset
23
VIII Thomas Christie Esq
26
Lady Gresley
157
Rev T S Whalley LIX Mrs Simmons Manchester LX Mr Saville
162
Ml H Cary Esq of Christ College LXIV Mrs Stokes
191
Mrs Jackson at Weymouth
226
Mrs Mompessan
230
William Hayley
234
Eccles Esq of Ireland LXIX Mr Saville LXX Mrs Adey of Aylsham Norfolk LXXI Mr Saville LXXII Mr Saville LXXIII Mr Saville LXXIV Mr Newt...
259
Rev Dr Parr
282

Mrs Hayley
29
Mrs Hayley
33
Rev Peter Homer
34
Mrs Martin
36
Mrs Roberts
38
Mrs Mompessan
41
Miss Williams
44
Rev T S Whalley
46
Mrs Taylor Page
49
Josiah Wedgewood Esq LV Mrs Hayley
66
Oxon
131
H F Cary Esq LVII Mrs Stokes
156
Mrs Short
285
Mr Saville
288
Mrs Mompessan LXXX Rev Dr Parr
295
Mr Saville
304
Mrs Granville
307
Mrs T
310
Rev Richard Sykes
316
Mrs Hayley Page
327
Miss Brandish
340
Oxford
388
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