1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Clara Reeve

Anonymous, Obituary in Gentleman's Magazine 77 (Supplement, 1807) 1233.



Dec. 3. At Ipswich, in an advanced age, Miss Clara Reeve, eldest daughter of the Rev. William Reeve, M.A. many years minister of St. Nicholas, in that town, and sister to the late Vice-admiral Reeve. Her first publication was a translation, from the Latin, of the fine old Romance, Barclay's Argenis, which made its appearance in 1772, in four duodecimo volumes, under the title of The Phoenix; or, The History of Polyarchus and Argenis. She next wrote The Champion of Virtue, a Gothic story, which was published in 1777, and was re-published in the following year, under the title it has ever since retained, viz. The old English Baron. Miss R. has since that time written The Two Mentors, a Modern Story; The Progress of Romance, through Times, Countries, and Manners, in a course of interesting and well-written evening conversations; The Exile; or, Memoirs of the Count de Cronstadt, the principle incidents of which are borrowed from a novel by M. D'Arnaud; The School for Widows, a novel; Plans of Education, with Remarks on the System of other Writers, in a duodecimo volume; and Memoirs of Sir Roger de Clarendon, a natural Son of Edward the Black Prince, with Anecdotes of many other eminent Persons of the Fourteenth Century, in duodecimo volumes. It is hardly necessary for us to add, concerning a writer so well known as Miss Reeve, that her works discover her to have cultivated useful knowledge with considerable success; and to have applied that knowledge less frivolously than is frequently the case with female Authors.