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Charlotte Smith : a critical biography

Author: Loraine Fletcher
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"Charlotte Turner Smith (1749-1806) was born into the landed gentry and married off at 15, on the insistence of a hostile stepmother, to a wastrel from a West Indian family whose money came from the slave trade. When her husband's fecklessness forced her to support herself and their nine surviving children alone, she at once became a celebrated poet and novelist. Writing at the time of the French Revolution, she  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Charlotte Smith; Charlotte Smith; Charlotte Turner Smith
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Loraine Fletcher
ISBN: 0312215878 hardback 9780312215873 hardback 0333678451 hardback 9780333678459 hardback 0333949463 paperback 9780333949467 paperback
OCLC Number: 48627359
Description: xi, 401 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements 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
Responsibility: Loraine Fletcher.

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'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  Read more...

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