Anna Seward (1742-1809) has much to teach us about the historical conditions of women’s lives

There’s a nice review article by Isobel Grundy, about Ashgate’s recently published book Anna Seward: A Constructed Life, A Critical Biography, in the Times Higher Ed…

Anna Seward (1742-1809) directed her own life in a way about which most of her female contemporaries could only dream. As the daughter of a high-ranking, literary Anglican clergyman, she enjoyed financial and cultural privilege and made the most of her chances. She ignored her mother’s efforts to make her either domestic or fashionable, resisted the marriage market (her only sister was more compliant, but died of typhus a few days before her arranged wedding), chose her own friends (including a close lifelong romantic friendship with an unhappily married man, which brought her local scandal and obloquy), managed her father’s extensive investments during his decline and after his death – and pursued literary fame.

Read more of the article… 

Anna Seward: A Constructed Life, A Critical Biography is written by Teresa Barnard. Further information and sample pages are available on the Ashgate website.

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