Rotten as Touchwood

Loraine Fletcher

  • The Poems of Charlotte Smith edited by Stuart Curran
    Oxford, 335 pp, £35.50, March 1994, ISBN 0 19 507873 X

Charlotte Smith was the first English novelist to make a castle or great house into an emblem of the state. Before her, houses in novels provided appropriate settings or confined rebellious heroines: Smith introduced the house as a microcosm of the condition of England and a site for the subtlest display of an author’s political loyalties.

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