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(1748—1789) author and political campaigner

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Anna Seward

Anna Seward  

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(1747–1809) British poet and authorElegy on Captain Cook (1780) PoetryMonody on Major André (1781) MiscellaneousLouisa (1784) PoetryLlangollen Vale, with Other Poems (1796) PoetryOriginal Sonnets on ...
Birmingham

Birmingham  

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City in West Midlands, Eng., with splendid mus. tradition. Fest. was held there triennially, with occasional breaks, from 1768 to 1912. Costa cond., 1849–82; Mendelssohn's Elijah f.p. 1846 and ...
education

education  

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The systematic instruction of individuals in subjects which will enhance their knowledge of the science and art of war.
Erasmus Darwin

Erasmus Darwin  

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(1731–1802),embodied the botanical system of Linnaeus in his long poem The Loves of the Plants (1789). The work reappeared as Part II of The Botanic Garden (1791), of which Part I was ‘The Economy of ...
female education

female education  

The end of the eighteenth century witnessed convergence between the political agenda of reform and the cultural agenda of self-improvement. For landless, urban, bourgeois men, and especially for the ...
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau  

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(1712–78),French philosopher: stays in London (Chiswick) 1765–6, Wootton (Staffordshire) 1766; visits Ellastone 1766; said to have stayed in Nuneham Courtenay 1767. La Nouvelle Héloïse 1761, ...
literary and philosophical societies

literary and philosophical societies  

During the second half of the 18th century and the first half of the 19th, Britain's major towns founded ‘lit. and phil.’ societies to discuss the intellectual issues of the day and to sponsor ...
Maria Edgeworth

Maria Edgeworth  

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(1768–1849),novelist: b. Black Bourton; educ. Derby; school holidays at Northchurch 1776–80; lives in Edgeworthstown 1782–1849; visits Bristol (Clifton) 1791, 1799, Edinburgh 1803, 1823, Abbotsford ...
Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft  

(1759–97)British writer and feminist, of Irish descent. She was associated with a radical circle known as the ‘English Jacobins’, whose members included Thomas Paine and William Godwin. In 1790 she ...
Richard Lovell Edgeworth

Richard Lovell Edgeworth  

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(1744–1817) British authorPractical Education (1798) Non-FictionA Rational Primer (1799) Non-FictionEssays on Professional Education (1809) Non-FictionReadings on Poetry (1810) Non-FictionPractical ...
Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe  

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This fictional autobiography, published anonymously in 1719 by Daniel Defoe, has attained the status of myth. Although its indebtedness to the true story of the experiences of Alexander Selkirk has ...
Sarah Trimmer

Sarah Trimmer  

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(1741–1810)Née Kirby, born in Ipswich. One of the foremost educationalists of the late 18th century, she ran her own Sunday Schools from 1772. Trimmer wrote educational texts for charity ...

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