Anna Seward

(12 December 1742 - 25 March 1809)
Anna Seward (1742-1809)

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Anna Seward (1742-1809)


ODNB 25135; DMI 2146


  • Kelly, Jennifer, ed. Anna Seward. Bluestocking Feminism, Writings of the Bluestocking Circle, 1738-1785, Volume 4. London: Pickering & Chatto, 1999. Print.
  • Moore, Lisa L., ed. The Collected Poems of Anna Seward. Pickering masters. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, 2016. Print. 2 volumes.


  • Barnard, Teresa. Anna Seward, a constructed life: a critical biography. Aldershot; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2009. Print.

Reference works

  • Baines, Paul, Julian Ferraro, Pat Rogers, eds. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Eighteenth-Century Writers and Writing, 1660-1789. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 305-306. Print.
  • Radcliffe, David H., ed. Anna Seward (1742-1809). Spenser and the Tradition: ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830. Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities, Virginia Tech, 2006. Web. 14 Oct. 2011.
  • Todd, Janet, ed. A Dictionary of British and American Women Writers 1660-1800. Paperback edition, revised. Lanham et al.: Rowman & Littlefield, 1987. 281-282. Print.


  • Bailes, Melissa. The evolution of the plagiarist: natural history in Anna Seward's order of poetics. Eighteenth-Century Life 33(3) (2009): 105-126. Print.
  • Barnard, Teresa. The Lure of the Volcano in the Female Literary Imagination. Barnard, Teresa, ed. British Women and the Intellectual World in the Long Eighteenth Century. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015. 33-51. Print.
  • Barnard, Teresa. Anna Seward's Hidden Words: Female Interventions into Male Writing. Women's Writing 19(4) (2012): 417-433. Print.
  • Barnard, Teresa. Anna Seward's Terrestrial Year: women, poetry, and science in eighteenth-century England. Partial Answers 7(1) (2009): 3-17. Print.
  • Crisafulli, Lilla Maria and Cecilia Pietropoli, eds. Romantic Women Poets: Genre and Gender. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007. Print.
  • Curran, Stuart. Dynamics of Female Friendship in the Later Eighteenth Century. Nineteenth-Century Contexts 23(2) (2001): 221-239. Print.
  • DeLucia, JoEllen. Local Poetry in the Midlands: Francis Mundy's Needwood Forest and Anna Seward's Lichfield Poems. Gottlieb, Evan and Juliet Shields, eds. Representing Place in British Literature and Culture, 1660-1830: From Local to Global. British Literature in Context in the Long Eighteenth Century. Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2013. 155-171. Print.
  • Kairoff, Claudia Thomas. Anna Seward and the end of the eighteenth century. Baltimore, MD; London: Johns Hopkins UP, 2012. Print.
  • Kairoff, Claudia Thomas. Anna Seward and the sonnet: Milton's champion. ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 1 (2011). Web. 13 Nov. 2017.
  • Robinson, Daniel. Reviving the Sonnet: Women Romantic Poets and the Sonnet Claim. European Romantic Review 6(1) (1995: 98-127. Print.
  • Wheeler, David. Placing Anna Seward: The 'Genius of Place,' Coalbrookdale, and 'Colebrook Dale'. New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century. 5(1) (2008): 30-40. Print.
  • Williams, John. Displacing Romanticism: Anna Seward, Joseph Weston, and the Unschooled Sons of Genius. Kitson, Peter J., ed. Placing and Displacing Romanticism. Aldershot, England: Ashgate, 2001. 146-156. Print.
  • Wood, Gillen D'Arcy. The Female Penseroso: Anna Seward, Sociable Poetry, and the Handelian Consensus. Modern Language Quarterly: A Journal of Literary History 67(4) (2006): 451-77. Print.