British Women Poets of the Romantic Era: An Anthology

British Women Poets of the Romantic Era: An Anthology

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by Paula R. Feldman
     
 

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During the Romantic period, women such as Joanna Baillie, Anna Letitia Barbauld, Felicia Hemans, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Mary Robinson, Anna Seward, Charlotte Smith, and Mary Tighe were among the most highly respected and widely read practitioners of the art of poetry. In fact, Hemans was one of the bestselling authors of the nineteenth century, and Baillie

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During the Romantic period, women such as Joanna Baillie, Anna Letitia Barbauld, Felicia Hemans, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Mary Robinson, Anna Seward, Charlotte Smith, and Mary Tighe were among the most highly respected and widely read practitioners of the art of poetry. In fact, Hemans was one of the bestselling authors of the nineteenth century, and Baillie was the foremost playwright of her time.

In British Women Poets of the Romantic Era, Paula R. Feldman introduces modern readers to the range and diversity of women's poetic expression, making available more texts by more women poets of the Romantic era than have ever been collected in a single book in the twentieth century. Feldman provides detailed introductions for each of the sixty-two poets, chronicling their lives, poetic careers, and critical reputations. This groundbreaking volume not only documents the richness of their literary contributions but also changes our thinking about the poetry of the English Romantic period.

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Editorial Reviews

Isobel Armstrong
Will inevitably shape interpretation and mark out a canon ... Feldman is ... [a] disciplined, lucid, and meticulous editor ... [Her] comprehensive collection enables the reader to see what working-class poets such as Janet Little and Christian Milne were writing, and to sample such sports as the Countess of Blessington's satire on sentiment ... and Catherine Maria Fanshawe's parody of Wordsworth's combination of pantheism and literalism. —Times Literary Supplement
Library Journal
A singular resource providing information found in no other reference work... This anthology of works by 62 British women poets writing between 1770 and 1840... makes it clear that Romantic poetry encompasses much more than Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats.
Lucy Newlyn
A wide-ranging selection of poems written by British women from all kinds of backgrounds and geographical locations ... Detailed, scholarly headnotes ... [provide] a clearer, more inflected understanding of this outstandingly prolific period in the history of women's writing. —Review of English Studies
Booknews
Introduces modern readers to the range and diversity of women's poetic expression during the Romantic era, with selections by working-class writers as well as aristocrats, and including poems that circulated in song and manuscript as well as those published in book form. Introductions chronicle the lives, careers, and critical reputations of each of the 62 poets. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Review of English Studies
A wide-ranging selection of poems written by British women from all kinds of backgrounds and geographical locations... Detailed, scholarly headnotes... [provide] a clearer, more inflected understanding of this outstandingly prolific period in the history of women's writing.

— Lucy Newlyn

Times Literary Supplement
Will inevitably shape interpretation and mark out a canon... Feldman is... [a] disciplined, lucid, and meticulous editor... [Her] comprehensive collection enables the reader to see what working-class poets such as Janet Little and Christian Milne were writing, and to sample such sports as the Countess of Blessington's satire on sentiment... and Catherine Maria Fanshawe's parody of Wordsworth's combination of pantheism and literalism.

— Isobel Armstrong

Times Literary Supplement - Isobel Armstrong

Will inevitably shape interpretation and mark out a canon... Feldman is... [a] disciplined, lucid, and meticulous editor... [Her] comprehensive collection enables the reader to see what working-class poets such as Janet Little and Christian Milne were writing, and to sample such sports as the Countess of Blessington's satire on sentiment... and Catherine Maria Fanshawe's parody of Wordsworth's combination of pantheism and literalism.

Review of English Studies - Lucy Newlyn

A wide-ranging selection of poems written by British women from all kinds of backgrounds and geographical locations... Detailed, scholarly headnotes... [provide] a clearer, more inflected understanding of this outstandingly prolific period in the history of women's writing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801854309
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
08/26/1997
Pages:
879
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.56(h) x 2.15(d)

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