Eye-Witness Account of the French Revolution by Helen Maria Williams: Letters Containing a Sketch of the Politics of France

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Helen Maria Williams (1761-1827), English poet, novelist, and chronicler of the French Revolution, here vividly recounts her experiences in France during the Terror. Arrested in the fall of 1793, Williams records with passion and sorrow the degeneration of the Revolution into chaos and murder. She sketches the colorful personalities of her friends and acquaintances (Madame Roland, Charlotte Corday, Georges-Jacques Danton) and enemies (Maximilien Robespierre, Louis-Antoine de St. Just, Jean-Paul Marat), while all ...
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Helen Maria Williams (1761-1827), English poet, novelist, and chronicler of the French Revolution, here vividly recounts her experiences in France during the Terror. Arrested in the fall of 1793, Williams records with passion and sorrow the degeneration of the Revolution into chaos and murder. She sketches the colorful personalities of her friends and acquaintances (Madame Roland, Charlotte Corday, Georges-Jacques Danton) and enemies (Maximilien Robespierre, Louis-Antoine de St. Just, Jean-Paul Marat), while all the time displaying her enduring optimism that the Revolution would eventually succeed in liberty and justice for people everywhere.
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This collection of letters, written by English poet Helen Maria Williams (1761-1827), chronicles the degeneration of the French Revolution between 1790 and 1796, and her interactions with central personalities involved in the Revolution. Her eyewitness accounts trace the French people's attempt to leap from the early modern world to modernity with its failed promise of greater liberty and justice. The introduction includes information about her life and writing, women writers in the 1790s, and the Revolution itself. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Life and Writings of Helen Maria Williams 4
II Women Writers in the 1790s 12
III The Progress of the Revolution 15
IV Style and Rhetoric in the Letters 17
Notes to the Introduction 23
Select Bibliography 31
A Note on the Text 39
Acknowledgements 43
Letters Containing a Sketch of the Politics of France, vol. 1 47
Letters Containing a Sketch of the Politics of France, vol. 2 137
Notes to the Text 213
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