Felicia Hemans: Selected Poems, Letters, Reception Materials

Felicia Hemans: Selected Poems, Letters, Reception Materials

by Susan J. Wolfson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691050295

ISBN-13: 9780691050294

Pub. Date: 12/18/2000

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The first standard edition of the writings of Felicia Hemans (1793-1835), this volume marks a revival of interest in, and a new critical appreciation of, one of the most important literary figures of the early nineteenth century. A best-selling poet in England and America, Felicia Hemans was regarded as leading female poet in her day, celebrated as the epitome of…  See more details below

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The first standard edition of the writings of Felicia Hemans (1793-1835), this volume marks a revival of interest in, and a new critical appreciation of, one of the most important literary figures of the early nineteenth century. A best-selling poet in England and America, Felicia Hemans was regarded as leading female poet in her day, celebrated as the epitome of national "feminine" values. However, this same narrow perception of her work eventually relegated Hemans to an obscurity lightened occasionally by parody and a sentimental enthusiasm for poems such as "The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers" and "Casabianca." Only now is Hemans's work being rediscovered and reconsidered--for the complexity of its social and political vision, but also for its sounding of dissonances in nineteenth-century cultural ideals, and for its recasting of the traditional canon of male "Romantics."

Offering readers a firsthand acquaintance with the remarkable range of Hemans's writing, this volume includes five major works in their entirety, along with a much-admired aggregate, Records of Woman. Hemans's letters, many published here for the first time, reflect her views of her contemporaries, her work, her negotiations with publishers, and her emerging celebrity, while reviews and letters from others--including Lord Byron, Walter Scott, and the Wordsworths--tell the story of Hemans's reception in her time. An introduction by editor Susan Wolfson puts these writings, as well as Hemans's life and work, into much-needed perspective for the contemporary reader.

"An extraordinary editorial achievement. For the first time, Susan Wolfson has provided us with a scholarly, superbly annotated and introduced edition of the major works of the most popular and important female poet of the Romantic era in England, Felicia Hemans." (Anne Mellor, University of California at Los Angeles)

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ISBN-13:
9780691050294
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/18/2000
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.46(h) x 1.62(d)

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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION: Felicia Dorothea Browne Hemans, 1793-1835 xiii

TEXTS, FORMATS, EDITORIAL PRINCIPLES, ABBREVIATIONS xxxi

CHRONOLOGY xxxiii

WORKS 1

From The Domestic Affections and Other Poems (1812) 3

The Statue of the Dying Gladiator 3

The Domestic Affections 4

Epitaph on Mr. W—-, a Celebrated Mineralogist (ca. 1814-16) 16

The Restoration of the Works of Art to Italy: A Poem (1816) 18

Modern Greece, A Poem (1817) 34

Tales, and Historic Scenes, in Verse (1819) 70

The Widow of Crescentius 70

The Abencerrage 90

The Last Banquet of Antony and Cleopatra 135

Alaric in Italy 139

The Wife of Asdrubal 145

Heliodorus in the Temple 148

Night-Scene in Genoa 151

The Troubadour, and Richard Coeur de Lion 157

The Death of Conradin 163

Patriotic Effusions of the Italian Poets (1821) 171

From The Siege of Valencia; A Dramatic Poem . . . With Other Poems (1823) 173

Elysium 173

The Siege of Valencia: A Dramatic Poem 176

Appendix 1: MS Songs 254

Appendix 2: MS, Scene 6 255

Songs of the Cid 256

England's Dead 265

From The Forest Sanctuary; anal Other Poems (1825) 268

The Forest Sanctuary 268

Lays of Many Lands 322

The Suliote Mother 322

Miscellaneous Pieces 324

The Treasures of the Deep 324

Bring Flowers 326

From New Monthly Magazine, 1826 327

The Sound of the Sea 327

From Records of Woman: With Other Poems (1828) 329

Records of Woman 330

Arabella Stuart 331

The Bride of the Greek Isle 340
The Switzer's Wife 347
Properzia Rossi 351

Gertrude, or Fidelity till Death 356
Imelda 358 Edith, a Tale of the Woods 362

The Indian City 368

The Peasant Girl of the Rhone 374
Indian Woman's Death-Song 377

Joan of Arc, in Rheims 380

Pauline 383

Juana 387

The American Forest-Girl 389

Costanza 391

Madeline, a Domestic Tale 395

The Queen of Prussia's Tomb 398

The Memorial Pillar 401

The Grave of a Poetess 403

Miscellaneous Pieces 405

The Homes of England 405

The Sicilian Captive 407

The Lady of the Castle 410

Tasso and his Sister 412

To Wordsworth 415

The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in New England 416

The Palm-Tree 418

The Illuminated City 419

The Spells of Home 421

The Graves of a Household 422

The Image in Lava 423

A Parting Song 425

From The Forest Sanctuary: With Other Poem; (1829) 426

Miscellaneous Pieces 426

The Traveller at the Source of the Nile 426

Casabianca 428

Our Daily Paths 430

The Lost Pleiad 432

The Dying Improvisatore 433

From the Annuals (1826-30) 435

Forget Me Not 436

Evening Prayer at a Girls' School 436

The Cliffs of Dover 438

Night-Blowing Flowers 439

The Keepsake 440

The Broken Chain 440

The Amulet 441

Woman and Fame 441

The Literary Souvenir 443

The Mirror in the Deserted Hall 443

From Songs of the Affections, with Other Poems, (1830) 444

Songs 444

A Spirit's Return 444

The Two Homes 452

The Land of Dreams 453

Woman on the Field of Battle 455

Supplement: To the Memory of Lord Charles Murray 457

The Deserted House 458

Miscellaneous Poems 460

Corinne at the Capitol 460

The Diver 462

Late Poems (1831-34) 46,5

The Last Song of Sappho 465

To My Own Portrait 467

The Lyre and Flower 469

From Records of the Autumn of 1834 470

Design and Performance 470

From Blackwood's Edinburgb Magazine 1835 471

Sabbath Sonnet 471

LETTERS 473

To her aunt, 19 December 1808 475

To Matthew Nicholson, 17 July 1811 476

Felicity Browne to Matthew Nicholson, 7 February 1812 477

To Matthew Nicholson, 12 March 1812 479

To William Stanley Roscoe, 22 October 1813 479

To John Murray, 26 February 1817 480

To John Murray, November 1817 481

To James Simpson, 22 October 1819 482

To B. P Wagner, November 1819 484

To Harriett Browne, October 1820 484

To William Jerdan, 11 June 1821 485

To ?, 1822 486

To Fanny Luxmoore, mid-July 1822 487

To William Jacob, 1 May 1823 488

To William Jerdan, 8 May 1823 489

To Miss?, 15 May 1823 490

To William Jerdan, 19 May 1823 491

To Maria Jane Jewsbury, mid-1826 491

To an old friend, January 1827 493

To William Blackwood, 13 June 1827 494

To William Blackwood, 3 November 1827 495

To William Blackwood, 14 February 1828 495

To Rev. Samuel Butler, 19 February 1828 496

To William Blackwood, 1 March 1828 497

To Mary Russell Mitford, 23 March 1828 498

To William Henry Atherton, 9 May 1828 499

To William Blackwood, 29 July 1828 500

To Mary Russell Mitford, 10 November 1828 501

To a friend, early 1829 502

To William Blackwood, ca. January 1830 502

To ?, 22 June 1830 503

To John Lodge, 24 June 1830 504

To Rose Lawrence, ca. 24 June 1830 505

To H. F Chorley, 24 June 1830 505

To a male friend from Coniston, 25 June 1830 506

TO "Mr.——," 2 July 1830 507

To Thomas Cadell, 5 July 1830 508

To Harriett Hughes, early July 1830 508

To H. F Chorley's sister, mid July 1830 509

TO John Lodge, 20 July 1830 510

To Rose Lawrence, late July 1830 511

To a new friend in Dublin, Fall 1830 511

To a new friend in Dublin, early 1831 512

To ?, after 12 February 1831 513

To John Lodge, July 1831 513

To Clara Graves, July 1831 514

To William Blackwood, 18 September 1831 515

William Blackwood to FH, 26 September 1831 515

To Harriett Hughes, May 1832 516

To H. F Chorley, August 1832 516

To Rev. Samuel Butler, 7 November 1833 517

To Wordsworth, before April 1834 517

To?, 28 June 1834 518

To a friend, '28 June 1834 518

To a friend, early July 1834 519

To Archdeacon Samuel Butler, 26 July 1834 519

To Robert Peel, 10 February 1835 520

To Rose Lawrence, 13 February 1835 521

RECEPTION 523

Lifetime 525

Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1808-11 526

British Critic, 1816 529

Monthly Review, 1819 529

Edinburgh Monthly Review, 1820 530

British Review, 1820 532

Hannah More, 1820 532

Quarterly Review, 1820 533

Byron to John Murray, 1816-20 535

British Critic, 1823 537

British Review, 1823 540

Monthly Review, 1823 541

Joanna Baillie, 1824-27 542

Walter Scott, 1823-29 545

William Blackwood to Hemans, 1828-30 546

Noctes Ambrosianae, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, 1828 548

Francis Jeffrey, Edinburgh Review, 1829 549

The Wordsworths, 1830-37 556

Maria Jane Jewsbury, The Three Histories, 1830 560

"Felicia Hemans," Atbenaum, 1831 562

Andrews Norton to Hemans, 26 June 1831 569

Grants to Hemans, 1835 569

Death 571

L.E.L., Stanzas on the Death of Mrs. Hemans 571

Elizabeth Barrett, StanzasAddressed tO Miss Landon 574

Joanna Baillie to Andrews Norton 576

William Wordsworth, Extempore Effusion 576

Nineteenth-Century Retrospects 580

L.E.L., "On the Character of Mrs. Hemans's Writings," New Monthly, 1835 580

Felicia Hemans, 1838 582

Henry F Chorley, "Personal Recollections," Athenrum, 1835 584

Memorials of Mrs. Hemans, 1836 586

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 1842 590

George Gilfillan, "Mrs. Hemans," Tait's Edinburgh Magazine, 1847 591

Jane Williams, The Literary Women of England, 1861 599

William Michael Rossetti, "Prefatory Notice," 1878 603

BIBLIOGRAPHY 611

INDEX OF TITLES 621

GENERAL INDEX 623

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