Charlotte Smith

A Critical Biography

  • Authors
  • Loraine¬†Fletcher

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Loraine Fletcher
    Pages 1-4
  3. Loraine Fletcher
    Pages 5-77
  4. Loraine Fletcher
    Pages 78-128
  5. Loraine Fletcher
    Pages 129-206
  6. Loraine Fletcher
    Pages 207-259
  7. Loraine Fletcher
    Pages 260-302
  8. Loraine Fletcher
    Pages 303-317
  9. Loraine Fletcher
    Pages 318-341
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 342-401

About this book


'Sold, a legal prostitute' when married off at the age of fifteen, Charlotte Smith left her wastrel husband to support herself and their children as a poet and novelist who would have a lasting influence on William Wordsworth and Jane Austen. Combative and witty she became a radical, controversial and very popular author: at a time when the French Revolution was raising high hopes of Reform, she argued for change in England too. 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.


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