Amelia Opie (née Alderson)

(12 November 1769 - 2 December 1853)
Amelia Alderson Opie (1769-1853)

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Amelia Alderson Opie (1769-1853)

Works in ECPA

alphabetical listing / listing in source editions

Source editions

  • Opie, Amelia Alderson, 1769-1853. The Warrior's Return, and Other Poems. By Mrs. Opie. 2d. ed. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster-row, 1808.


ODNB 20799; DMI 1986


  • King, Shelley and John B. Pierce, eds. The Collected Poems of Amelia Alderson Opie. Oxford; New York: OUP, 2009. Print.
  • Reiman, Donald H., ed. "The Warrior's Return" and Other Poems. Romantic Context 93. New York: Garland, 1978. Print. (Rpt. of 1808 ed.; bound with "Black Man's Lament" [1826].)

Reference works


  • Bradley, Andrea. Correcting Mrs Opie's powers: the Edinburgh review of Amelia Opie's Poems (1802). Prose Studies 25(1) (2002): 41-61. Print.
  • Eberle, Roxanne. Amelia and John Opie: conjugal sociability and Romanticism's professional arts. Studies in Romanticism 53(3) (2014): 319-41. Print.
  • Eberle, Roxanne. 'Tales of Truth?': Amelia Opie's Antislavery Poetics. Linkin, Harriet Kramer, and Stephen C. Behrendt, eds. Romanticism and Women Poets: Opening the Doors of Reception. Lexington, KY: UP of Kentucky, 1999. 71-98. Print.
  • King, Shelley. 'To delineate the human mind in its endless varieties': integral lyric and characterization in the tales of Amelia Opie. Parker, Kate and Courtney Weiss Smith, eds. Eighteenth-century poetry and the rise of the novel reconsidered. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP; Lanham, MD; Plymouth: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 65-83. Print.
  • King, Shelley. Portrait of a marriage: John and Amelia Opie and the sister arts. Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 40 (2011): 27-62. Print.
  • King, Shelley. Politics, poetics and propriety: reviewing Amelia Opie. Romanticism on the Net 29/30 (2003). Web. 10 Oct. 2016.
  • Pierce, John B. The suspension of sensibility in Amelia Opie's early poetry. Romanticism 21(3) (2015): 228-37. Print.
  • Wake, Ann Frank. Indirect Dissent: 'Landscaping' Female Agency in Amelia Alderson Opie's Poems of the 1790s. Craciun, Adriana and Kari E. Lokke, eds. Rebellious Hearts: British Women Writers and the French Revolution. SUNY Series in Feminist Criticism and Theory. Albany, NY: State U of New York P, 2001. 261-89. Print.