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The Poetical Works of Mrs. Felicia Hemans, Leather Bound, c1884, Illustrated


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The Poetical Works of Mrs. Felicia Hemans

by Felicia Dorothea Browne Hemans

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Publisher: William Collins, Sons, & Co. Limited, London
Copyright: No date printed, c1880's

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Hemans's poetry was popular and sold well: on the basis of her work, Hemans was able to support herself and her children. Frederic Rowton gives a contemporary's assessment of her work in The Female Poets of Great Britain (1853). A Prefatory Notice by W. M. Rossetti, from one of many collections of Hemans' work, is interesting for the view it gives of Mrs. Hemans' life, and the attitudes towards women and writing that it indicates.

George Eliot commended "The Forest Sanctuary" as 'exquisite'. While Hemans confidently used a variety of metrical effects and narrative structures, much of her popular appeal lay in her ability to write emotional verses expressing the sentiments of her time. Her memorials to George III and to Princess Charlotte treat George III's madness, and emotional responses to the royal family, with considerable sensitivity.

In many poems, Hemans responded to the concerns of women of her time by idealizing and romanticizing woman's role and relationships.

CONDITION: This book is in good condition. Leather. Red tooled leather with lovely fleurons and rules on front cover. Five raised bands on spine. Leather is worn and chipped along hinges. Spine gilt is bright but there is some rubbing on head/tail. Some rubbing on corners and edges. Binding is square. All edges gilt. There is an ink inscription on inside front cover dated 1884. Endpapers are in great shape. Some foxing on prelims and title page. Text block and illustrations are crisp and clean with minimal staining or foxing. Text is set inside red rules. This is a lovely edition of Mrs. Hemans' work.

595 pages, 5" x 7.5"
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