Felicia Hemans: Selected Poems, Letters, Reception Materials by Susan J. Wolfson
The first edition of the writings of Felicia Hymans (1793-1835) represents a revival of interest and a critical critique of one of the most important literary figures of the early…
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The first edition of the writings of Felicia Hymans (1793-1835) represents a revival of interest and a critical critique of one of the most important literary figures of the early nineteenth century. She was the best-selling poet in England and America.
Felicia Hymans is a leading poet of her day, celebrated as a model of "feminine" national values. However, this same narrow perception of her work ultimately landed Hemans into ambiguity sometimes tempered through parody and emotional zeal for poems such as "Taking down the Pilgrim Fathers" and "Casabianca".
Only now is the rediscovery and revision of Heimans' work - to complicate his social and political vision, but also because of his beginnings in the contradictions of cultural ideals in the nineteenth century, and to reformulate the traditional law of the male "romans". This book provides readers with first-hand knowledge of the remarkable scope of Heiman's writing.
This book includes five main works in its entirety, as well as large woman's recordings. Hisans, published here for the first time, reflect her views on her contemporaries, her work, her negotiations with publishers, and her emerging personality, while reviews and messages from others - including Lord Byron, Walter Scott, and Wordsworth - told the story of the Heimans reception at the time.
Introduction Introduction by the editor Susan Wolfson puts these writings, in addition to Hayman's life and work, in a perspective that is strongly needed for the contemporary reader.
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