ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Clara Reeve

(1729-1807)


Clara Reeve was the eldest daughter of Thomas Reeve, a clergyman of old whig principles who she describes as her mentor; one of her brothers became a vice-admiral and another a schoolmaster. After the death of her father in 1755 Reeve settled in Colchester with her mother; she died at Ipswich at an advanced age. Reeve was a noted student of romances ancient and modern, and one of the founders of gothic fiction; her Old English Baron was often reprinted and translated into French and German. Walter Scott composed an admiring memoir of her for Ballantyne's Novelists.


TEXT RECORDS:

1785The Progress of Romance.

PUBLICATIONS:

Original poems on several occasions. 1769.
The Phoenix [Barclay's Argenis, trans.] 1772.
The champion of virtue: a gothic story [later, Old English Baron]. 1777.
The two mentors: a modern story. 1783.
The progress of romance. 2 vols, 1785.
The exiles: or memoirs of the Count de Cronstadt. 1788.
The school for widows, a novel. 3 vols, 1791.
Plans for education; with remarks on the systems of other writers. 1792.
Memoirs of Sir Roger de Clarendon. 1793.
Destination, or memoirs of a private family. 1799.
Fatherless Fanny. 1819.