1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

Margaret Oliphant, in The Literary History of England (1882) 1:237.



There was Hayley in Sussex in that landscape which Cowper found too mountainous and exciting, with Mrs. Charlotte Smith in her cottage near, who would come and read them her romances till the little circle thrilled with interest, and counted the hours from evening to evening, that they might trace a little farther the history of Celestina or Louisa. They were all devoted to Nature, these clever people, and never tired of describing her. She was to them a benevolent and lovely old princess, clothed in embroideries and ornamented with countless jewels.