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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A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
To Mrs Priestley with some Drawings of Birds and Insects
To Miss B
To Dr Aikin on his Complaining that she neglected him
On the Death of Mrs Jennings
An Inventory of the Furniture in Dr Priestleys Study
To a Little Invisible Being who is expected soon to become
West End Fair
On the Kings Illness
A Thought on Death
The Caterpillar
The BabyHouse
An Enquiry into those Kinds of Distress which Excite
Thoughts on the Devotional Taste on Sects and

Song V
Hymn V
Verses written in an Alcove
Ode to Spring
Verses on Mrs Rowe
Hymn VI
Love and Time
Written on a Marble
A Fragment
Epistle to William Wilberforce Esq on the Rejection of
The Apology of the Bishops in Answer to Bonners Ghost
Hymn VII
Ye are the salt of the earth
Inscription for an IceHouse
Hymns in Prose for Children
Fashion a Vision
Sins of Government Sins of the Nation or a Discourse
What Is Education?
Thoughts on the Inequality of Conditions
From Life of Samuel Richardson with Remarks on
From The British Novelists
Letter to the Gentlemans Magazine in Defense of Maria
On Female Studies
The Debate on Repeal of the Test
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About the author (2001)

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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