Anna Letitia Barbauld: Selected Poetry and Prose

51L4jUdDiML._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_ Author William McCarthy
Isbn 9781551112411
File size 45.1MB
Year 2002
Pages 519
Language English
File format PDF
Category Poetry

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“As a poet, essayist, editor, and teacher, Anna Letitia Barbauld attained a position of eminence in her own time, distinguishing herself in a tradition of Dissenting writers, such as Priestley, Wollstonecraft, and Coleridge. McCarthy and Kraft’s fascinating historical introduction and notes place Barbauld’s life and work in the context of middle-class, Dissenting culture, noting her complex, and often misunderstood, positions on womanhood, Presbyterianism, and politics. Her poems are now regarded as landmarks in the dawn of English Romanticism, and the editors of this edition offer a generous selection of Barbauld’s widely admired prose writings, many of which have not been reprinted until now. Here as poet and essayist Barbauld’s rhetorical powers and commitment to justice, ingenuousness, tolerance, and imagination, to borrow her own phrase, ‘shine out.’ The volume is indispensable.” ― Michele Martinez, Trinity College, Connecticut

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