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Helen Maria Williams and the Age of Revolution

Author: Deborah Kennedy
Publisher: Lewisburg [PA] : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, ©2002.
Series: Bucknell studies in eighteenth-century literature and culture.
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"Helen Maria Williams (1761-1827) had a long and prolific career as a writer: she was a celebrated British poet, an influential translator of works of French literature and history, and an important British chronicler of the French Revolution in a series of books entitled Letters from France, published in eight volumes from 1790-1796. Eventually settling in Paris with her mother and two sisters, Williams hosted a
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
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Kennedy, Deborah, 1959-
Helen Maria Williams and the Age of Revolution.
Lewisburg, [PA] : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, ©2002
(OCoLC)606820770
Named Person: Helen Maria Williams; Helen Maria Williams; Helen Maria Williams
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah Kennedy
ISBN: 0838755119 9780838755112
OCLC Number: 48399211
Description: 276 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Poetry of Sensibility --
Citizen of the World, 1789-1792 --
"English Historian of the French Revolution" --
A Tour of Switzerland: The Sublime and the Political --
The Napoleonic Era --
Venerable Woman of Letters.
Series Title: Bucknell studies in eighteenth-century literature and culture.
Responsibility: Deborah Kennedy.

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"Helen Maria Williams (1761-1827) had a long and prolific career as a writer: she was a celebrated British poet, an influential translator of works of French literature and history, and an important British chronicler of the French Revolution in a series of books entitled Letters from France, published in eight volumes from 1790-1796. Eventually settling in Paris with her mother and two sisters, Williams hosted a Parisian salon that was frequented by many of Europe's most important politicians, artists, writers, and thinkers, including J.P. Brissot, Madame Roland, Mary Wollstonecraft, Thaddeus Kosciuszko, and Alexander von Humboldt."

"Deborah Kennedy's Helen Maria Williams and the Age of Revolution is the first critical study to be published on this fascinating woman of letters: it is a comprehensively researched and lucidly written account of Williams's life and writing in the context of the major events taking place in England and France throughout her life. Complicating and extending biography, Kennedy's richly textured and contextual discussion of this "literary celebrity of the French Revolution" combines social history, literary history, criticism, political and social history, and intellectual history, in a discussion that will appeal to general readers even while it makes an important contribution to the field of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century studies of women writers."--Jacket.

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