Amelia Opie was born at Norwich, daughter of James Anderson, M.D. She was raised a Unitarian and moved in radical circles in Norwich and London. In 1798 she married the painter John Opie; upon his death in 1807 she divided her time between Norwich, where she lived with her father, and London. In 1825 she joined the Quakers, devoting herself to charitable causes.
The dangers of coquetry: a novel. 2 vols, 1790.
The father and the daughter: a tale in prose. 1801.
An elegy to the late Duke of Bedford. 1802.
Adeline Mowbray, or the mother and daughter: a tale. 3 vols, 1804.
Simple tales. 4 vols, 1806.
The warrior's return and other poems. 1808.
Temper, or domestic scenes: a tale. 3 vols, 1812.
Tales of real life. 3 vols, 1813.
Valentine's Eve. 3 vols, 1816.
New tales. 4 vols, 1818.
Tales of the heart. 4 vols, 1820.
Madeline: a tale. 2 vols, 1822.
The negro boy's tale, a poem addressed to children. 1824.
Illustrations of lying, in all its branches. 2 vols, 1825.
Tales of the Pemberton family, for the use of children. 1825.
The black man's lament: or how to make sugar. 1826.
Works. 2 vols, 1827.
Detraction displayed. 1828.
A wife's duty: a tale. 1828.
Happy faces: or benevolence and selfishness; and The Revenge. 1830?
Lays for the dead. 1834.
The stage coach and other tales on lying. 1845.
Miscellaneous tales. 12 vols, 1845-47.
Tales of trials: told to my children. 1845.
The ruffian boy, and After the ball: or the two Sir Williams. 1858.
Mrs. Arlington, or, all is not gold that glitters. 1864?