Charlotte Smith

Antje Blank (University of Glasgow)
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Charlotte Turner Smith (1749-1806) was one of the most popular writers of the 1780s and 1790s and an influential contributor to the Revolution controversy in Britain. At the famous political dinner held at White's Hotel, Paris in November 1792, fifty revolutionary sympathisers with Thomas Paine at their head drank toasts to her and Helen Maria Williams. Fellow liberal intellectuals Mary Hays and William Godwin were among her correspondents and friends. Smith's contribution to the development of the British novel is indisputable: her Gothic romances




(1789), and


(1791) are among the first examples of a feminine genre which fused narratives of persecution with lyrical landscape description. Smith's most accomplished novel,

The Old Manor House

(1793), is a…

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Citation: Blank, Antje. "Charlotte Smith". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 June 2003 [, accessed 30 May 2024.]

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