Anna Letitia Barbauld: Selected Poetry and Prose

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Broadview Press, Sep 24, 2001 - Poetry - 519 pages

At her death in 1825, Anna Letitia Barbauld was considered one of the great writers of her time. Distinguished as a poet and essayist, she was also in innovator in children’s literature, an eloquent supporter of liberal politics, and a literary critic of stature. This edition includes a generous selection of her poetry and the first comprehensive body of her prose in more than a century, with essays—some never before reprinted—on literature, religion, education, prejudice, women’s fashions, and class conflict.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Introduction
11
A Brief Chronology
33
Abbreviations of Titles Cited in the Notes
37
A Note on the Text
38
An Address to the Deity
41
To Mrs Priestley with some Drawings of Birds and Insects
44
To Miss B
49
Inscription for an IceHouse
140
To Mr S T Coleridge
142
WashingDay
143
To a Little Invisible Being who is expected soon to become Visible
147
On the Death of Mrs Martineau
149
Lines for Anne Wakefield on her Wedding to Charles Rochemont Aikin with a Pair of Chimney Ornaments in the Figures of two Females seated with...
150
West End Fair
152
The Pilgrim
154

To Dr Aikin on his Complaining that she neglected him October 20th 1768
55
Corsica
59
On the Death of Mrs Jennings
66
On the Backwardness of the Spring 1771
68
The Mouses Petition
69
An Inventory of the Furniture in Dr Priestleys Study
73
Song I
75
Song V
77
To Wisdom
79
Hymn II
80
Hymn V
82
The Groans of the Tankard
83
Verses written in an Alcove
87
Hymn to Content
89
Ode to Spring
92
To a Lady with some painted Flowers
94
Verses on Mrs Rowe
96
A Summer Evenings Meditation
98
Hymn VI
102
To Mr Barbauld November 141778
103
Love and Time
105
Lines to be spoken by Thomas Denman on the Christmas before his Birthday when he was four Years old
108
Written on a Marble
109
A School Eclogue
110
A Fragment
115
To the Baron de Stonne who had wished at the next Transit of Mercury to find Himself again between Mrs Laborde and Mrs Barbauld
116
Epistle to Dr Enfield on his Revisiting Warrington in 1789
118
Epistle to William Wilberforce Esq on the Rejection of the Bill for Abolishing the Slave Trade
121
The Apology of the Bishops in Answer to Bonners Ghost
127
The Rights of Woman
130
Hymn VII
132
To a Great Nation
133
To Dr Priestley Dec 29 1792
135
Ye are the salt of the earth
136
To the Poor
139
Written November 1808
156
On the Kings Illness
158
Eighteen Hundred and Eleven a Poem
160
Life
174
A Thought on Death
175
The First Fire
176
The Caterpillar
179
On the Death of the Princess Charlotte
181
The BabyHouse
183
Lines written at the Close of the Year
185
Against Inconsistency in our Expectations
186
An Enquiry into those Kinds of Distress which Excite agreeable Sensations
195
Thoughts on the Devotional Taste on Sects and on Establishments
209
Hymns in Prose for Children
234
An Address to the Opposers of the Repeal of the Corporation and Test Acts
261
Fashion a Vision
282
Pieces from Evenings at Home
290
Sins of Government Sins of the Nation or a Discourse for the Fast Appointed on April 191793
297
What Is Education?
321
On Prejudice
333
Thoughts on the Inequality of Conditions
345
Letter from Grimalkin to Selima
356
From Life of Samuel Richardson with Remarks on his Writings
360
From The British Novelists
375
Letter to the Gentlemans Magazine in Defense of Maria Edgeworths Tale The Dun
456
Dialogue in the Shades
463
On Female Studies
474
From Elizabeth Carter All the Works of Epictetus
483
The Debate on Repeal of the Test and Corporation Acts 17871790
486
The Royal Proclamation of a Fast in April 1793
495
The British Novelists Predecessors Contents Allusions
497
Sources of the Texts
505
Bibliography
507
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William McCarthy is the author of Hester Thrale Piozzo: Portrait of a Literary Woman (1985).

Elizabeth Kraft is the author of Character and Consciousness in Eighteenth-Century Comic Fiction (1992) and Laurence Sterne Revisited (1996). They co-edited The Poems of Anna Letitia Barbauld (1994) for the University of Georgia Press.

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