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Charlotte Turner Smith

English poet, novelist (1749-1806)

1749   -   1806

country of citizenship: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Great Britain
language of expression: English
occupation: poet, writer, novelist

Charlotte Turner Smith (4 May 1749 – 28 October 1806) was an English Romantic poet and novelist. She initiated a revival of the English sonnet, helped establish the conventions of Gothic fiction, and wrote political novels of sensibility. A successful writer, she published ten novels, three books of poetry, four children's books, and other assorted works over the course of her career. She saw herself as a poet first and foremost, poetry at that period being considered the most exalted form of literature. Scholars now credit her with transforming the sonnet into an expression of woeful sentiment.During adulthood, Charlotte Smith eventually left husband Benjamin Smith and began writing to support their children. Smith's struggle to provide for her children and her frustrated attempts to gain legal protection as a woman provided themes for her poetry and novels; she included portraits of herself and her family in her novels as well as details about her life in her prefaces. Her early novels are exercises in aesthetic development, particularly of the Gothic and sentimentality. "The theme of her many sentimental and didactic novels was that of a badly married wife helped by a thoughtful sensible lover". Her later novels, including The Old Manor House, often considered her best, supported the ideals of the French Revolution. After 1798, however, Smith's popularity waned and by 1803 she was destitute and ill — she could barely hold a pen, and sold her books to pay off her debts. In 1806, Smith died. Largely forgotten by the middle of the 19th century, her works have now been republished and she is recognized as an important Romantic writer.
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Conversations Introducing Poetry, Chiefly on Subjects of Natural History, for the Use of Young Persons

poetry compilation by Charlotte Smith (London, Printed for J. Johnson, 1804.)

author: Charlotte Turner Smith


Celestina. A novel. In four volumes. By Charlotte Smith.

creative work by Charlotte Turner Smith (London : Printed for T. Cadell, 1791.)

author: Charlotte Turner Smith



creative work by Charlotte Turner Smith (London : Printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1792.)

author: Charlotte Turner Smith



book by Charlotte Smith

author: Charlotte Turner Smith


The Banished Man

creative work by Charlotte Turner Smith (London : printed for T. Cadell, jun. and W. Davies, (successors to Mr. Cadell) in the Strand, 1794.)

author: Charlotte Turner Smith



poem by Charlotte Smith

author: Charlotte Turner Smith

To the Moon

poem by Charlotte Turner Smith

author: Charlotte Turner Smith


novel by Charlotte Turner Smith ( London : Printed by and for Sampson Low, Berwick Street, Soho, 1796.)

author: Charlotte Turner Smith


Elegiac Sonnets

literary work by Charlotte Turner Smith (1784)

author: Charlotte Turner Smith


Beachy Head: with Other Poems

poetry collection by Charlotte Smith (London, The Author, and sold by J. Johnson, 1807.)

author: Charlotte Turner Smith


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