ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Smith

(1776-1806)


The daughter of an affluent banker of Piercefield Park near Chepstow, Elizabeth Smith was a child prodigy and later a scholar of oriental languages, in which she was self-taught. After the family fell upon hard times she lived in Suffolk, Bath, and the Lake District. Smith was a friend of Henrietta Maria Bowdler, Hannah More, and Elizabeth Hamilton. Her writings went through many editions in the decade after her death.


TEXT RECORDS:

1792The Sun, just rising from his Wat'ry Bed.
1795[Letter of 28 July 1795; on Spenser's minor Poems.]

PUBLICATIONS:

Fragments in prose and verse by a young lady, lately deceased. 1806; 2 vols, 1810.
Memoirs of Frederick and Margaret Klopstock, translated. 1808.
The Book of Job, translated from the Hebrew. 1810.
A vocabulary, Hebrew, Arabic, and Persian. 1814.