Anna Laetitia Barbauld


Anna Aikin was the daughter of John Aikin of Warrington Academy and sister of Dr. John Aikin; she married Rev. Rochemont Barbauld in 1774. Barbauld taught school in Suffolk (1774-87) and corresponded with Elizabeth Montagu, Dr. Johnson, Richardson, Joseph Johnson, Joanna Baillie, Hannah More, and Fanny Burney. A prominent voice in liberal politics, she early developed a reputation as a poet and reviewed fiction for the Monthly Review (1809-1815) and edited the British Novelists in 50 volumes (1810). Among her pupils were William Roscoe and William Taylor of Norwich. Her husband committed suicide in 1808.


1772 ca.Epithalamium.
1773Ode to Spring
1773The Hill of Science. A Vision.
1779 ca.Lines placed over a Chimney-piece.
1780 ca.A School Eclogue.
1789 ca.Love and Time. To Mrs. Mulso.
1797To Mr. C—ge.
1800 ca.To a Friend.
1814 ca.Stanzas: in the Manner of Spenser.


Corsica, an ode. 1768.
Miscellaneous pieces in prose, by J. and A. Aikin. 1773.
Poems. 1773, 1792, 1820.
Devotional pieces from the psalms and the Book of Job [ed. Barbauld]. 1775.
Lessons for children. 1778.
Hymns in prose for children. 1781, 1814.
Address to the opposers of the repeal of the corporation and test acts. 1790.
Epistle to William Wilberforce, Esq. 1791.
Civic sermons to the people. 1792.
Letter to John Bull. 1792.
Evenings at Home [with John Aikin]. 6 vols, 1792.
Remarks on Mr. Gilbert Wakefield's Enquiry. 1793.
Sins of the government, sins of the nation. 1793.
Akenside, Pleasures of the imagination [ed. Barbauld]. 1794.
Poems of Collins [ed. Barbauld]. 1794.
Correspondence of Samuel Richardson. Editor, 6 vols. 1804.
Selections from the Spectator, Tatler, Guardian, Freeholder [ed. Barbauld]. 3 vols, 1804.
The British novelists [ed. Barbauld]. 50 vols, 1810.
The female speaker [ed. Barbauld]. 1811.
Eighteen hundred and eleven. 1812.
Works, with a memoir [ed. Lucy Aikin, ed]. 2 vols, 1825.
A legacy for young ladies [ed. Lucy Aikin]. 1826.
A discourse on being born again. 1830.
A memoir, letters, and a selection, ed. Grace A. Ellis. 2 vols, 1874.
Tales, poems, and essays. 1884.
Letters of Maria Edgeworth and Barbauld, ed. Walter Sidney Scott. 1953.
Poems, ed. William McCarthy and Elizabeth Kraft. 1994.