Emmeline, or the Orphan of the Castle / Edition 1

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The plot of Charlotte Smith's autobiographical first novel Emmeline (1788) includes the usual thrills of the eighteenth-century courtship novel: abduction, duels, and a "fairy tale princess." At the same time, the novel satirically reworks such literary conventions by focusing on the dangers of early engagement and marriage, and challenges a social and legal system in which woment are inherently illegitimate subjects.
The Broadview edition includes primary source material relating to the novel's reception; women, marriage and work; and landscape in eighteenth-century fiction. Mary Hays's biographical writing on Smith is also included, as is selected correspondence.

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Editorial Reviews

Adela Pinch University of Michigan
"Emmeline is one of the most delightful, absorbing English novels of the eighteenth century, at turns sentimental and hilariously comic. We are lucky to have Loraine Fletcher's beautifully contextualized, well-annotated edition in print."
Sybil Oldfield University of Sussex
"This is an exemplary edition. In her authoritative introduction, Loraine Fletcher contextualizes Emmeline as an early romantic work, influenced by Rousseau, contrasting with Fanny Burney and, surprisingly, repudiated as a bad example by Mary Wollstonecraft. The inclusion of Mary Hays's account of the desperate but heroic author's life is especially welcome."
Judith Davis Miller Sacred Heart University
"One of the fascinations of Charlotte Smith is the way in which she epitomizes the political, cultural, economic, and literary cross-currents of the later eighteenth century, and Fletcher has done a masterful job of contextualizing Smith in all of these ways. With an introduction that touches upon all of the elements key to understanding the complexity of Smith's work, and with the copious appendices characteristic of Broadview texts, this edition should prove an invaluable tool for scholars of all levels."
Eighteenth-Century Fiction - Mary Anne Schofield
"Fletcher includes contemporary reviews of the novel, portions of critical treatises on the position of women and marriage, and excerpts from Smith contemporaries such as Mary Collier, Edmund Burke, Hester Chapone, John Gregory, and Mary Wollstonecraft, making this an invaluable introduction to eighteenth-century feminine fiction."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551113593
  • Publisher: Broadview Press
  • Publication date: 8/12/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 719,594
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Loraine Fletcher is a Lecturer at Reading University, UK. She is the author of Charlotte Smith: A Critical Biography (Macmillan Academic Press, 1998).

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Table of Contents

Charlotte Smith: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
Appendix A: The Reception of Emmeline
1. Anonymous, The Critical Review, June 1788
2. Mary Wollstonecraft, The Analytical Review, July 1788
3. Anonymous, The Monthly Review, September 1788
4. Anonymous, The European Magazine, November 1788
5. Jane Austen, "The History of England," 1791
6. Walter Scott, The Lives of the Novelists, 1821
7. Egerton Brydges, "Memoirs of Mrs. Charlotte Smith," January 1807
Appendix B: Women, Marriage, Work
1. Mary Collier, "The Woman's Labour: An Epistle to Mr Stephen Duck," 1731
2. Edmund Burke, "On Delicacy," 1757
3. Hester Chapone, "On Politeness and Accomplishments," 1773
4. John Gregory, "Marriage," 1774
5. Mary Wollstonecraft, "Matrimony," 1787
Appendix C: Landscapes
1. Thomas Gray, "Journal in the Lakes," 8 October 1769
2. William Gilpin, Observations on the River Wye, 1770
Appendix D: Life
1. Letter from Charlotte Smith to Thomas Cadell, 14 January 1788
2. Letter from Charlotte Smith to William Hayley, 1788-89
3. Mary Hays, "Mrs. Charlotte Smith," British Public Characters, 1800-1801
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