Anna Laetitia Barbauld (née Aikin)(20 June 1743 - 9 March 1825)
Works in ECPA
alphabetical listing / listing in source editions
- An ADDRESS to the DEITY. ()
- CHARACTERS. ()
- CORSICA. ()
- DELIA, AN ELEGY. ()
- The GROANS of the TANKARD. ()
- HYMN I. ()
- HYMN II. ()
- HYMN III. For EASTER-SUNDAY. ()
- HYMN IV. ()
- HYMN to CONTENT. ()
- HYMN V. ()
- The INVITATION: To MISS B—. ()
- The MOUSE's PETITION, Found in the TRAP where he had been confin'd all Night. ()
- ODE to SPRING. ()
- On a LADY's WRITING. ()
- ON THE Backwardness of the SPRING 1771. ()
- ON THE DEATH OF MRS. JENNINGS. ()
- THE ORIGIN OF SONG-WRITING. ()
- OVID to his WIFE: Imitated from different Parts of his TRISTIA. ()
- SONG II. ()
- SONG III. ()
- SONG IV. ()
- SONG V. ()
- SONG VI. ()
- [SONG] I. ()
- A Summer Evening's Meditation. ()
- To a LADY, With some painted FLOWERS. ()
- To MISS R—, On her Attendance on her Mother at BUXTON. ()
- To MRS. P—, With some Drawings of BIRDS and INSECTS. ()
- To WISDOM. ()
- VERSES on MRS. ROWE. ()
- VERSES written in an Alcove. ()
- Barbauld, Mrs. (Anna Letitia), 1743-1825. Poems. London: printed for Joseph Johnson, 1773. vi,138p. ; 4⁰. (ESTC T236; OTA K019955.000)
Born Anna Aikin, daughter of a dissenting clergyman and schoolmaster, John Aikin (1713-1780), and his wife, Anna Laetitia Barbauld was educated privately and at Warrington Academy for dissenters. Here she met the scientist and minister Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) who became her mentor. She began writing poems in her twenties on a wide variety of subjects. Her early collection of Poems (1773) gained her widespread attention and brought her in contact with a number of fellow women writers. In 1774, she married Rochemont Barbauld (1749-1808), a clergyman. Together they ran a boys' school in Palgrave, Suffolk, and later in Hampstead, and Barbauld began writing educational books. Among her many correspondents were Elizabeth Montagu, Dr. Johnson, Richardson, Joseph Johnson, Joanna Baillie, Hannah More, and Fanny Burney. Barbauld continued to publish poems throughout the 1780s and 90s, often on political subjects such as the French revolution and the abolition of slavery, which were published in journals and magazines. She contributed prefaces to poetry collections by Akenside and Collins and later in life came into contact with the early Romantic poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. Her niece Lucy Aikin edited an edition of her Works in 1825.
ODNB 1324; NCBEL 639-40; DMI 1268; DLB 109
McCarthy, William and Elizabeth Kraft, eds. The Poems of Anna Laetitia Barbauld. Athens; London: University of Georgia Press, 1994. Print.
McCarthy, William and Elizabeth Kraft, eds. Anna Laetitia Barbauld: Selected Poetry and Prose. Peterborough, ONT: Broadview Press, 2002. Print.
Vargo, Lisa and Allison Muri, eds. Poems (1773) by Anna Laetitia Aikin. Romantic Circles, Apr. 2000. Web. 27 Jul. 2018. https://www.rc.umd.edu/editions/contemps/barbauld/poems1773
Selected Bibliography: Anna Letitia Barbauld (1743-1825). c18 Bibliographies On-Line. Ed. Jack Lynch. Rutgers University, Newark, 15 Jun. 2002. Web. 20 Jan. 2012. http://jacklynch.net/C18/biblio/barbauld.html.
McCarthy, William. Anna Letitia Barbauld: Voice of the Enlightenment. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins UP, 2008. Print.
Baines, Paul, Julian Ferraro, Pat Rogers, eds. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Eighteenth-Century Writers and Writing, 1660-1789. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 14-15. Print.
Radcliffe, David H., ed.
Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743-1825). Spenser and the Tradition: ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830. Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities, Virginia Tech, 2006. Web. 21 May 2016. http://spenserians.cath.vt.edu/AuthorRecord.php?recordid=33202.
Todd, Janet, ed. A Dictionary of British and American Women Writers 1660-1800. Paperback edition, revised. Lanham et al.: Rowman & Littlefield, 1987. 37-38. Print.
Gendering the Enlightenment: Conflicting Images of Progress in the Poetry of Anna Laetitia Barbauld. Women's Writing 5(3) (1998): 353-371. Print.
Guest, Harriet. Small Change: Women, Learning, Patriotism, 1750-1810. Chicago ; London: University of Chicago Press, 2000. 220-51. Print.
Janowitz, Anne. Women Romantic poets: Anna Barbauld and Mary Robinson. Tavistock: Northcote House in assn with the British Council, 2004. Print.
Barbauld, Romanticism, and the Survival of Dissent. Essays and Studies 51 (1998): 44-61. Print.
'We Hoped the Woman Was Going to Appear': Repression, Desire, and Gender in Anna Laetitia Barbauld's Early Poems. Feldman, Paula R. and Theresa M. Kelley, eds. Romantic Women Writers: Voices and Countervoices. Hanover; London: UP of New England, 1995. 113-37. Print.
Barbauld's Domestic Economy. Essays and Studies 51 (1998): 62-77. Print.
Anna Barbauld, William Collins, and the Rhetoric of the Sublime. Hellas 7 (1996): 159-167. Print.