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Broadview Press, Oct 25, 2004 - Fiction - 603 pages
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Published here for the first time in a modern edition, Charlotte Smith's third novel is both rivetingly plotted and unique for its time in its powerful depiction of a gifted Romantic woman poet. The novel's heroine, Celestina, abandoned as a child in a French convent, becomes an independent, witty, and accomplished elegiac poet who, in a reversal of the usual pattern of the courtship novel, acts as a mentor to several men in her life. Written at the beginning of the French Revolution, Smith's novel depicts characters challenging both corrupt authority and conventional morality, exemplifying her hope that English society was on the verge of a great change for the better. This Broadview edition includes a critical introduction and primary source material relating to the novel's reception, its political contexts (writings by Reverend Richard Price, Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Thomas Paine), and the author's life.

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Review: Celestina

User Review  - wobba - Goodreads

Though there were many aspects I disliked about this novel, which could be simply because the tropes used in this novel are now considered cliche and overused, I did enjoy it overall, especially the ... Read full review

Review: Celestina

User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

Eighteenth century novel about a beautiful 'n' brilliant poetess thwarted in love. Apparently influential upon Austen, although this is the culture she rebelled against in her anthropology of the ordinary. From the sentimental to the menial. *gahs* Read full review


A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
The Reception and Influence of Celestina
The Political Context
Charlotte Smiths Life
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About the author (2004)

Loraine Fletcher is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Reading. She is the author of Charlotte Smith: A Critical Biography (Macmillan, 1998) and the editor of Charlotte Smith's Emmeline (Broadview Press, 2003).

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