Freya Johnston: Anna Letitia Barbauld, 27 September 2018
Show More Eighteen Hundred and Eleven: Poetry, Protest and Economic Crisis by E.J. Clery.
Cambridge, 326 pp., £75, June 2017, 978 1 107 18922 5Show More
“... She started off with A and ended up at B: born in 1743 as Miss Aikin, Anna Letitia died in 1825 as Mrs Barbauld. Poet, editor, biographer, essayist, pamphleteer and children’s writer, she was once known only for finding ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ improbable. Many of her poems were lost: one survives only in the form of its title, but even that scrap – ‘Verses on the boy who would not say A lest he should be made to say B’ – follows alphabetical order while resisting it ...”