Anna Letitia Barbauld: Voice of the Enlightenment

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JHU Press, 2008 - 725 pages

Winner, 2011 Annibel Jenkins Biography Prize, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

2009 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice

Against the background of the American and French revolutions, the Napoleonic Wars, and the struggle for religious equality in Great Britain, a brilliant, embattled woman strove to defend Enlightenment values to her nation. Poet, teacher, essayist, political writer, editor, and critic, Anna Letitia Barbauld was venerated by contemporaries on both sides of the Atlantic, among them the young Walter Scott, the young Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Boston Unitarians such as William Ellery Channing. After decades in the historical limbo into which almost all work by women writers of her era was swept, Barbauld's writings on citizenly ethics, identity politics, church-state relations, and empire are still deeply relevant today. Inquiring and witty as well as principled and passionate, Barbauld was a voice for the Enlightenment in an age of revolution and reaction.

Based on more than fifteen years of research in dozens of libraries and archives across five countries, this is the first full-length biography of one of the foremost women writers in Georgian England.

"A superb biography that brings a radical literary figure back into the picture . . . a thrilling, brilliant book."—Guardian

"McCarthy establishes Barbauld as a figure of major significance. His magnificent biography will draw many others to her, and give her a new and deserved prominence in Enlightenment and Romantic studies."—Women's Writing

"A tour de force . . . Honest, wise, original."—Eighteenth-Century Studies

William McCarthy is professor emeritus of English at Iowa State University. He is the coeditor of The Poems of Anna Letitia Barbauld and the author of Hester Thrale Piozzi: Portrait of a Literary Woman.

 

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Table des matières

1 Ties of Kindred
1
2 Home at Kibworth
17
3 SoulBuilding
38
4 Warrington
62
5 Miss Aikin
97
6 Land of Matrimony
124
7 Devotion
149
8 Enlightenment in a Suffolk Village
165
16 Subjects Light and Grave
370
17 Racketing
389
18 The Highest Literary Character in England
409
19 Wounds
435
20 Night Gothic Night
455
21 Legacy to Young Ladies
491
22 Good Morning
512
Wisdom in Time of Need
530

Illustrations
182
9 Mother Tongue
190
10 How They Lived
220
11 Pursuit of Happiness
240
12 Revolutions
260
13 Sins of the Nation
291
14 Our Political Duties
309
15 In Middle Age
348
Acknowledgments
535
Abbreviations Used in the Notes
551
Notes
553
BarbauldAikin Sources
675
General Bibliography
689
Index
699
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William McCarthy is professor emeritus of English at Iowa State University. He is the coeditor of The Poems of Anna Letitia Barbauld and the author of Hester Thrale Piozzi: Portrait of a Literary Woman.

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