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Charlotte Smith : A Critical Biography - Loraine Fletcher

Charlotte Smith

A Critical Biography

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Published: 22nd June 1998
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'...a substantial contribution to studies of women in the 'Romantic' period, lively in its detail, wide-ranging in its argument; seeing Smith as a significant judge of her own turbulent times, and as an influence on her literary successors.' - 'Fletcher's biography is as compulsive as any novel, and it makes the reader simply long to read, and experience the redoubtable Mrs Smith at first hand.' - Kate Saunders, New Statesman 'For those interested in wormen's lives in the 18th century, Loraine Fletcher's book is a valuable addition to a widening discussion.' - Kathryn Hughes, Sunday Telegraph 'Sold, a legal prostitute' in marriage at fifteen, Charlotte Smith left her wastrel husband to support their children as a novelist. Combative and witty, she became a radical, controversial and very popular author at the time when the French Revolution raised high hopes of Reform; she had a lasting influence on the adolescent Jane Austen. Loraine Fletcher's vivid scholarly biography is as readable for the newcomer to the 1790s as for the specialist, tracing the embattled life in the wonderfully self-dramatising fiction.

'Fletcher's biography is as compulsive as any novel, and it makes the reader simply long to read, and experience the redoubtable Mrs Smith at first hand.' - Kate Saunders, New Statesman



'...a substantial contribution to studies of women in the 'Romantic' period, lively in its detail, wide-ranging in its argument; seeing Smith as a significant judge of her own turbulent times, and as an influence on her literary successors.' - Times Literary Supplement



'two aspects from a biography in which there is so much to praise. An undisguised partiality wafts from the pages like a breath of fresh air amid the stuffiness of academia. Second, Fletcher's analyses of the novels are some of the most valuable pieces of criticism ever written on Smith.' - Paul Jarman, The Independent

Introduction
Exile
Writing to Live
Girondism
An Interest in Green Leaves
The Goddess of Botany
Jane Austen
Beachy Head
Charlotte Smith's Works in Chronological Order
Editions of Charlotte Smith's Works Cited
Primary Sources
Secondary Sources
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ISBN: 9780333678459
ISBN-10: 0333678451
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 401
Published: 22nd June 1998
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 2