1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Frances Wright

Anonymous, in "Literary Intelligence" Port Folio [Philadelphia] S4 14 (November 1822) 446.



Miss Wright's Views of Society and Manners in America, finds no quarter among the critics of her own country. They are incensed and disgusted at the malevolence which is betrayed by the lady when she speaks of the land of her birth. The Quarterly Review attributes the book to one of those wretched hirelings, who, under the assumed name of travellers, supply the radical press with the means of mischief. Ridiculous and extravagant as may be some of her panegyrics on the government and people of these states, and detestable as the feelings are, which she manifests towards her own country, we are not apprehensive that her views will do any harm at home. What the English suffer is felt too acutely in every man's business and bosom to need a prompter in Miss Wright, and the advantages, by which these evils are balanced, are no less evident.