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Overview


This anthology brings together for the first time the work of over forty women writers in a period marked by rapid social change, intense intellectual and political debate, and a sharpened focus on the rights and wrongs of women. Covering a wide range of writing in a variety of literary and non-literary genres, it represents women's contributions to economics, the physical sciences, literature for children, social geography, history, and religion, as well as poetry, the novel, drama, and criticism. Some of the writers included are familiar names--Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Barrett--but many others are new.
Controversial figures such as the prophet Joanna Southcott and the first female historian, Catharine Macaulay, come back into view, along with strikingly inventive work in all the genres represented, including, for the first time, women's contributions to domestic economy in the age before Mrs Beeton.

The significance of women's writing in the public arena of the time has often been underestimated, and what emerges from the pages of this anthology is a female intellectual culture that is diverse, impassioned, contentious, and very much alive.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780192833136
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 721
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Note on Anthology
Select Bibliography
Chronology
3
Letter X and XI from Evelina (1778) 6
'Strictures on Beauty' from Camilla (1796) 15
21
Letters V and VI from The History of England from the Revolution to the Present Time, in a Series of Letters to a Friend (1778) 25
Closing Address from History of England from the Accession of James 1 to that of the Brunswick Line (1783) 34
'No Characteristic Difference in Sex' from Letters on Education (1790) 35
38
Evenings I and VII from The Progress of Romance (1785) 41
47
Hymm XI from Hymns in Prose for Children (1781) 52
'The Rights of Woman' (c. 1792) 53
'Inscription for an Ice-House (c. 1793) 54
'To Mr. C[oleridge]' (1797) 55
'True Magicians' (pub. 1826) 57
Eighteen Hundred and Eleven: A Poem (1812) 62
71
'The partial Muse has from my earliest hours' 74
'To a Nightingale' 75
'Written in the Church-Yard at Middleton in Sussex' 75
'The Glow-Worm' 76
'Written in a Tempestuous Night, on the Coast of Sussex' 76
'Reflections on Some Drawings of Plants' 77
'Ode to the Missel Thrush' (1804) 77
'The Jay in Masquerade' (1807) 79
81
Remarks on Such Things Are (1806) 85
From Such Thing Are (1787) 86
Remarks on De Monfort (1807) 91
From A Simple Story (1791) 93
102
Review of A Simple Story (1791) 104
'The Prevailing Opinion of a Sexual Character Discussed' from a Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) 105
Letter IV from Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark (1796) 114
116
Letters IX and XXVI from Letters Written in France (1790) 119
On Madame Roland from Letters from France (1792-1796) 124
127
Letters I and II from Letters on the Female Mind (1793) 130
135
'Derbyshire and Lancashire' from A Journey Made in Summer of 1794 (1795) 139
From The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) 143
153
'The Riot; or, Half a Loaf is Better than No Bread' (1795) 155
'The White Slave Trade' (1805) 157
163
'January, 1795' (1795) 166
from Sappho and Phaon (1796) 'Sappho Discovers her Passion' 168
'Contemns in Power' 168
'Describes the Characteristics of Love' 169
'Invokes Reason' 169
'To the Aeolian Harp' 170
'To Phaon' 170
'Laments Her Early Misfortunes' 171
'Phaon Forsakes Her' 171
'Her Address to the Moon' 171
'Her Reflections on the Leucadian Rock Before She Perishes' 172
From Memoirs of the Late Mrs. Robinson Written by Herself (1801) 172
177
'The Captive Linnet' (1796) 179
'Soliloquy' (1796) 181
183
From Translation of the Letters of a Hindoo Rajah (1796) 186
192
Letter II from An Introduction to Botany, in a Series of Familiar Letters (1796) 194
From Reflections on the Present Condition of the Female Sex (1798) 197
201
'Introductory Discourse' for Plays on the Passions (1798) 204
From De Monfort: A Tragedy (1798) 209
215
'Remarks on the Character of Lady MacBeth' (pub. 1834) 218
223
From Castle Rackrent (1800) 225
'Lady Delacour's History' from Belinda (1801) 234
248
From The Strange Effects of Faith (1801) 252
From The Strange Effects of Faith, Second Part (1802) 256
Introduction and 'The Fourth Day's Dispute' from A Dispute between the Woman and the Powers of Darkness (1802) 259
267
Preface 269
'Morning' 270
'Evening' 270
'The Poppy' 271
'The Violet' 271
'The Cow and the Ass' (1805) 272
'The Star' (1806) 274
'How it Strikes a Stranger' (1821) 274
'The Toad's Journal' (1822) 279
282
Proem 284
Canto II 286
299
From Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland (1805) 302
'Address to a Child, During a Boisterous Winter Evening' (1805-7) 310
'Floating Island' (1820s) 311
312
'On the General Principles of Chemistry' from Conversations on Chemistry (1806) 315
'On the Condition of the Poor' from Conservations on Political Economy (1816) 320
324
'Elinor Forester: The Father's Wedding Day' (1809) 328
'Margaret Green: The Young Mahometan' (1809) 331
'On Needlwork' (1815) 337
343
From Mansfield Park (1814) 344
From Persuasion (1818) 352
358
'The All-Seeing God' from The History of the Fairchild Family (1818) 360
366
From Frankenstein (1818), Chapters III, IV 369
'The Mortal Immortal: A Tale' (1834) 377
389
'Frost' and 'Thaw' (1819) 392
'The First Primrose' (1819) 396
399
'Caroline, Wife of George IV' from Memoirs of Queens (1821) 402
406
'The Sea-Song of Gafran' 409
'The Lament of Llywarch Hen' 410
'The Rock of Cader Idris' 411
Casabianca' (1826, 1829) 412
'An Hour of Romance' (1827) 413
'Properzia Rossi' (1828) 414
'Indian Woman's Death-Song' (1828) 419
'The Traveller at the Source of the Nile' (1829) 420
'Parting Words' (1830) 422
'The Haunted House' (1831) 423
'Written after Visiting a Tomb' (1831) 425
'The Last Song of Sappho' (1832) 426
427
From Memoirs of Harriette Wilson, Written by Herself (1825) 430
446
'Writing a Love Tale' (1825) 448
'Woman's Love (1825) 455
'To My Own Heart' (1829) 459
462
'Lines of Life' (1825, 1829) 465
'Felicia Hemans' (1837) 468
'Night at Sea' (1838) 470
'Rob Roy: Diana Vernon' (1838) 473
476
'Florence' from The Diary of an Ennuyee (1826) 479
485
From Report on a Recent Visit to the Colony of Sierra Leone (1828) 488
494
'To--- ' (1826) 497
'The Dream: A Fragment' (1826) 498
'The Vision of Fame' (1826) 499
'The Tempest: A Fragment' (1833) 502
'L.E.L.'s Last Question' (1839) 507
509
'A Mushroom City' from Illustrations of Political Economy (1832-1834) 512
'Citizenship of People of Colour' 519
'Political Non-Existence of Women' 522
527
'Bengal Bridals and Bridal Candidates' from Scenes and Characteristics of Hindostan (1835) 529
Household Words 537
from The Cottage Cook; or, Mrs. Jones's Cheap Dishes (1797) 544
from A New System of Domestic Cookery (1808) 550
from her Preface to Rundell, A New System of Domestic Cookery (1840) 551
'Peregrine Touchwood's Address' from The Cook and Housewife's Manual (1826) 554
'Evening Parties' from Domestic Duties (1825) 556
From Domestic Economy and Cookery for Rich and Poor (1827) 559
'On Servants' and Letter VIII from The Home Book: or, Young Housekeeper's Assistant (1829) 567
Explanatory Notes 572
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