Though called “coquette” by William Godwin (who once cherished her slipper in his pocket), Amelia Opie also attended the “blue” parties frequented by intellectual and literary women in the eighteenth-century. A noted literary lion who was celebrated in the opening decade of the nineteenth century as a woman writer whose merit would ensure her continued fame, she gradually fell out of favour as literary tastes changed, but she has never faded completely from critical view. Successive generations of scholars discover anew not only the wit and political subtlety of her works, and the fascination of a life fully engaged in the issues of the day, whether in the world of art, of letters, or of politics. Most recently, with the revision of the literary understanding of Romanticism to…

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Citation: King, Shelley. "Amelia Alderson Opie". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 July 2007 [, accessed 05 March 2024.]

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