Charlotte Lennox: An Independent Mind

By Susan Carlile

© 2017

Charlotte Lennox (c.1729-1804) was an eighteenth-century London author whose most celebrated novel, The Female Quixote (1752), is just one of eighteen works published over forty-three years. Her stories of independent women influenced Jane Austen, especially in her novels Northanger Abbey and Sense and Sensibility.

Susan Carlile’s biography places Lennox in the context of intellectual and cultural history and focuses on her role as a central figure in the professionalization of authorship in England. Lennox participated in the most important literary and social discussions of her time, including debates concerning female authorship, the elevation of Shakespeare to national poet, and the role of periodicals as didactic texts for an increasingly literate population. Lennox also contributed to making Greek drama available for English-language audiences and pioneered the serialization of novels in magazines. Carlile’s work is the first biographical treatment to consider a new cache of correspondence released in the 1970s and reveals how Lennox was part of an ambitious and progressive literary and social movement.

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Charlotte Lennox (c. 1729–1804) was an eighteenth-century English novelist whose most celebrated work, The Female Quixote (1752), is just one of eighteen works spanning a forty-three year career. Susan Carlile’s critical biography of Lennox focuses on her role as the central figure in the professionalization of authorship in England.

Charlotte Lennox: An Independent Mind

By Susan Carlile

© 2017

Charlotte Lennox (c.1729-1804) was an eighteenth-century London author whose most celebrated novel, The Female Quixote (1752), is just one of eighteen works published over forty-three years. Her stories of independent women influenced Jane Austen, especially in her novels Northanger Abbey and Sense and Sensibility.

Susan Carlile’s biography places Lennox in the context of intellectual and cultural history and focuses on her role as a central figure in the professionalization of authorship in England. Lennox participated in the most important literary and social discussions of her time, including debates concerning female authorship, the elevation of Shakespeare to national poet, and the role of periodicals as didactic texts for an increasingly literate population. Lennox also contributed to making Greek drama available for English-language audiences and pioneered the serialization of novels in magazines. Carlile’s work is the first biographical treatment to consider a new cache of correspondence released in the 1970s and reveals how Lennox was part of an ambitious and progressive literary and social movement.

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  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 520 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Susan Carlile is a professor in the Department of English at California State University, Long Beach. She has published on the literary marketplace of the 1750s and on the works of numerous English authors in the long eighteenth-century.
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations

    Acknowledgments

    Chronology

    Introduction

    The American

    1. New World Thinking

    2. An English Sappho

    3. Making a Trade of Her Wit

    4. Uniting the Laudable Affections of the Mind

    The Professional

    5. Debating “Genius”

    6. Prospering in a Patronizing Profession

    7. “The Same Darling End…By Different Means”

    8. Recasting a Career

    The Celebrity

    9. “The Law of Custom”…or of “Fools”?

    10. “Work Upon That Now!”

    11. Friendship, Marriage, and Motherhood

    12. “A Pen that Conferred Immortality”

    Lennox’s Afterlife

    Notes

    Publications, Editions, and Reprints

    Bibliography

    Index