Letters Written in France

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Broadview Press, Aug 21, 2001 - History - 295 pages
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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.
  

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Charming and informative first person account of the French Revolution, if not particularly subtle in thought or style. The large chunk relating the sentimental tale of a disinherited nobleman is a rollicking good time, though. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
7
A Brief Chronology
51
A Note on the Text
59
Excerpts From Later Volumes of Williamss Letters from
151
Selected Poetry by Williams
191
Critical Reviews of Letters Written in France
213
Other Contemporary Responses to Letters Written in France
221
Two Letters by Anna Seward
222
Williamss Obituary in the Gentlemans Magazine
240
The French Revolution Selected Primary Documents
243
Olympe de Gouges Declaration of the Rights of Woman and Female Citizen
246
From Address to the National Assembly Supporting Abolition of the Slave Trade
249
The Fete de la Federation as described by the London Times
253
Beneficial Effects of the French Revolution
260
The French Revolution Selected Early British Responses
263
Edmund Burke from Reflections on the Revolution in France
266

Society of Friends of the Constitution at Rouen
225
Laetitia Matilda Hawkins from Letters on the Female Mind
227
William Wordsworth from The Prelude 1805 Book IX
229
Contemporary Responses to Williams
235
James Boswell
236
The AntiJacobin Review
237
Henry Crabb Robinson
238
Mary Wollstonecraft from A Vindication of the Rights of Men
273
Thomas Paine from The Rights of Man
276
Hannah More from Village Politics
282
Anna Barbauld To a Great Nation
286
Mary AlcockInstructions for the Mob in England
288
Selected Bibliography
291
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Neil Fraistat, of the University of Maryland, has written and edited widely in the field of Romantic literature. Susan S. Lanser, also of the University of Maryland, has written on eighteenth-century culture and on women writers.

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