British Fiction, 18001829

OPIE, Amelia Alderson. Adeline Mowbray (1805)

Anecdotal Records

Letter from Dorothy Wordsworth to William Wordsworth.
23 Apr 1812.
We have not yet been sufficiently settled to read any thing but Novels. Adeline Mowbray made us quite sick before we got to the end of it.
Source: The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth: III: The Middle Years, ed. by Ernest De Selincourt, 2nd edn, rev. by Mary Moorman and Alan G. Hill (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979), III.2, 7.

Letter from Percy Bysshe Shelley to Thomas Jefferson Hogg.
[15? July 1821].
[postscript] Miss Westbrook Harriet has advised me to read Mrs. Opie’s Mother & Daughter—she has sent it hither, she has desired my opinion with earnestness—what is this tal[e] but I shall read it tonight.
Source: The Letters of Percy Bysshe Shelley, ed. by Frederick L. Jones, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1964), I, 122.
Notes: Dated by Jones from contents. Letter is addressed from Radnorshire. tal[e] appears as given in the printed source. In a letter to Hogg of c.25 July, Shelley records that he still had not received his copy of the novel.

Memoirs by Cyrus Redding.
‘The Children of the Abbey,’ by Maria Roche, Surr’s ‘Splendid Misery,’ and Mrs. Opie’s ‘Mother and Daughter,’ I remember successively taking to my place of reading in fine weather. This was a dense wood, seldom intruded upon, where I could enjoy reading undisturbed.
Source: Cyrus Redding, Fifty Years’ Recollections, 3 vols (London: Skeet, 1858), I, 62.
Notes: The Children of the Abbey is EN1 1796: 98 and Splendid Misery is EN2 1801: 64.

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