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Letters written in France [electronic resource] : in the Summer 1790, to a friend in England, containing various anecdotes relative to the French Revolution /
Helen Maria Williams.
Peterborough, Ont. ; Orchard Park, NY : Broadview Press, c2001.
295 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
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Peterborough, Ont. ; Orchard Park, NY : Broadview Press, c2001.
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Originally published: London : T. Cadell, 1790.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 291-295).
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"At last, a modern edition of Williams's absorbing and familiar Letters Written in France. Fraistat and Lanser edit with tact and impeccable scholarship. Their introduction to the French Revolution is a gem in itself, an international 'thriller' well designed for today's reader."
"Williams's eloquent and dramatic eye-witness account of the French Revolution, Letters Written in France, is a work central to the study of Romanticism, history, and women's literature. Expertly edited, this splendid edition contains a brilliant, informative introduction that situates Williams in the landscape of revolutionary, literary, and women's history, offers very helpful scholarly annotations, and is packed with contextual materials. This is another Broadview gem."
"Williams's Letters Written in France offered readers in England a sympathetic view of the Revolution, which she hoped would hasten democratic reforms. This new edition will be particularly useful and accessible. Telling excerpts from Burke, Paine, and Wollstonecraft permit us to appreciate the fervor that surrounded political and social debates in the period and to assess the narrative power of Williams's record of contemporary events. Feminists will especially appreciate the subtle analysis by Fraistat and Lanser of gender in Williams's epistolary narrative and view of the Revolution, and cultural critics will relish the juxtaposition of reviews, letters, political polemic, and poems. This richly supplemented edition will be an invaluable resource."
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Helen Maria Williams was a poet, novelist, and radical thinker deeply immersed in the political struggles of the 1790s. Her Letters Written in France is the first and most important of eight volumes chronicling the French Revolution to an England fearful of another civil war. Her twenty-six letters recounting old regime tyranny and revolutionary events provide both an apology for the Revolution and a representation of it as sublime spectacle.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Introductionp. 9
Helen Maria Williams: A Brief Chronologyp. 51
Contemporary Historical Eventsp. 53
A Note on the Textp. 59
Letters Written in France, in the Summer 1790p. 61
Excerpts From Later Volumes of Williams's Letters from Francep. 151
Letters from France: Containing Many New Anecdotes (1792)p. 151
Letters from France: Containing ... Interesting and Original Information, vol. I (1793)p. 157
Letters from France: Containing ... Interesting and Original Information, vol. II (1793)p. 163
Letters Containing a Sketch of the Politics of France [May 1793-July 1794], vol. I (1795)p. 169
Letters Containing a Sketch of the Politics of France [May 1793-July 1794], vol. II (1795)p. 173
Letters Containing a Sketch of the Scenes ... during the Tyranny of Robespierre (1795)p. 177
Letters Containing a Sketch of the Politics of France [July 1794-95] (1796)p. 185
Selected Poetry by Williamsp. 191
"To Sensibility"p. 192
A Poem on the Bill Lately Passed for Regulating the Slave Tradep. 194
"The Bastille, A Vision" (from Julia, a Novel; Interspersed with Some Poetical Pieces)p. 203
A Farewell, for Two Years, to England. A Poemp. 207
Critical Reviews of Letters Written in Francep. 213
The Analytical Reviewp. 213
The General Magazinep. 214
The Monthly Reviewp. 215
The Universal Magazinep. 216
The Critical Reviewp. 217
The Gentleman's Magazinep. 218
The English Reviewp. 219
Other Contemporary Responses to Letters Written in Francep. 221
Edward Jerningham, "On Reading 'Letters Written from France'"p. 221
Hester Thrale Piozzi, from Thralianap. 221
Two Letters by Anna Sewardp. 222
Society of Friends of the Constitution at Rouenp. 225
Laetitia Matilda Hawkins, from Letters on the Female Mindp. 227
William Wordsworth, from The Prelude (1805), Book IXp. 229
Contemporary Responses to Williamsp. 235
William Wordsworthp. 235
James Boswellp. 236
The Anti-Jacobin Reviewp. 237
Mary Pilkingtonp. 237
Henry Crabb Robinsonp. 238
Williams's Obituary in the Gentleman's Magazinep. 240
The French Revolution: Selected Primary Documentsp. 243
Declaration of The Rights of Man and Citizenp. 243
Olympe de Gouges, "Declaration of the Rights of Woman and Female Citizen"p. 246
From Address to the National Assembly Supporting Abolition of the Slave Tradep. 249
The Fete de la Federation as described by the London Timesp. 253
Beneficial Effects of the French Revolutionp. 260
The French Revolution: Selected Early British Responsesp. 263
Richard Price, from A Discourse on the Love of Our Countryp. 263
Edmund Burke, from Reflections on the Revolution in Francep. 266
Mary Wollstonecraft, from A Vindication of the Rights of Menp. 273
Thomas Paine, from The Rights of Manp. 276
Hannah More, from Village Politicsp. 282
Anna Barbauld, "To a Great Nation"p. 286
Mary Alcock, "Instructions ... for the Mob in England"p. 288
Selected Bibliographyp. 291
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