1897 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Amelia Opie

Frederic Boase, Modern English Biography (1892-1921) 2:1249-50.



AMELIA OPIE (only child of James Alderson of Norwich, physician, d. Oct. 1825). b. Calvert st. Norwich 12 Nov. 1769; took charge of her father's house on her mother's death 31 Dec. 1784; wrote a tragedy entitled Adelaide about 1787; author of The dangers of coquetry 2 vols. 1790, anon.; m. at Marylebone church 8 May 1798 John Opie, the Cornish painter, who d. April 1807, aged 46; received into the Society of Friends 11 Aug. 1825; author of The father and daughter 1801, 4 ed. 1815; Poems 1802, 6 ed. 1811; Adelaide Mowbray or the mother and daughter, 3 vols. 1804, new ed. 1844; Simple Tales 1806, 4 ed. 1815; The warrior's return and other poems 1808; Temper or domestic scenes, 3 vols. 1812; Tales of real life, 3 vols. 1813, 3 ed. 1816; Valentine's Eve, 3 vols. 1816; New tales, 4 vols. 1818; Tales of the heart, 4 vols. 1820; Madeline, 2 vols. 1822; Illustrations of lying in all its branches, 2 vols. 1825; Detraction displayed 1828; Lays for the dead 1834, 2 ed. 1840; a collected edition of her Miscellaneous tales was published in 12 vols. 1845-7. d. Castle Meadow, Norwich 2 Dec. 1853. bur. in the Friends' burying-ground, Gildencroft, Norwich 9 Dec. C. L. Brightwell's Memorials of life of A. Opie (1854) portrait; C. J. Hamilton's Women writers, 2 series (1893) 175-90 portrait; Biographical catalogue of lives of friends (1888) 473-80; A book of memories by S. C. Hall (1877) 167-80; J. C. Jeaffreson's Novels and novelists ii 15-30 (1858); J. Kavanagh's English women of letters ii 237-84 (1863); H. Martineau's Biographical sketches (1876) 329-36; A book of sibyls by Miss Thackeray (Mrs. R. Ritchie 1883) pp. 149-96; Cornhill magazine Oct. 1883 pp. 357-82.