Anna Barbauld: Civic Sermons to the People (4338 words)


Anna Barbauld’s Civic Sermons to the People (Number I), written in the summer of 1792, responds directly to the Royal Proclamation Against Seditious Writings and Publications, which was issued by England’s King George III on 21 May 1792. As with her other notable political pamphlets, namely Sins of Government, Sins of the Nation (1793) and An Address to the Opposers of the Repeal of the Corporation and Test Acts (1790), Barbauld entered the sphere of public discourse to register her discontent with the political climate, especially as manifested in royal decrees. Anna Barbauld, née Aikin (1743-1825), gained initial literary acclaim in 1773 for her first commercial publication, Poems. By eighteenth-…

Citation: Krawczyk, Scott. "Civic Sermons to the People". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 November 2015 [, accessed 23 January 2020.]

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