Amelia Opie Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Brightwell, Cecilia Lucy. Memorials of the Life of Amelia Opie, Selected and Arranged from Her Letters, Diaries,and Other Manuscripts. 2d ed. London: Longman, Brown, & Co., 1854, 410 p.

Presents the life of Opie through her personal correspondence with special attention to the religious side of her life.

MacGregor, Margaret Eliot. Amelia Alderson Opie: Worldling and Friend. Smith College Studies in Modern Languages, Vol. 14, Nos. 1-2. Northampton, Mass.: Collegiate Press, 1932-33, 146 p.

Gives a scholarly, chronological account of Opie's life, including the evaluation of Opie's works by certain of her contemporaries.

Mayer, Gertrude Townshend. "Amelia Opie." In Women of Letters. Vol. 2, pp. 59-114. London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1894.

Describes Opie's life in a brief chronological account with an emphasis on events apart from her publications.

Menzies-Wilson, Jacobine, and Helen Lloyd. Amelia: The Tale of a Plain Friend. New York: Oxford University Press, 1937, 299 p.

Was written to complement the biographies of Brightwell and MacGregor.

Stebbins, Lucy Poate. "The Devotee: Amelia Alderson Opie." In London Ladies: True Tales of the Eighteenth Century, pp. 59-89. New York: Columbia University Press, 1952.

Presents a brief and mostly personal account of Opie's life.


Spender, Dale. "Amelia Opie and the Novel of Ideas." In Mothers of the Novel: 100 Good Women Writers beforeJane Austen, pp. 315-24. New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1986.

Suggests that Opie's Adeline Mowbray does not represent a criticism of the life of Mary Wollstonecraft but a questioning of the value of marriage by Opie.

Tomalin, Claire. "Aftermath and Debate." In The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft, pp. 228-53. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1974.

Suggests that Opie criticized the views and way of life of Mary Wollstonecraft in Opie's The Father and Daughter and Adeline Mowbray.

Whitmore, Clara H. "Amelia Opie; Mary Brunton." In Woman's Work in Fiction: From the Restoration to theMid-Victorian Period, pp. 149-56. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1910.

Presents Opie's Adeline Mowbray as a sad love story based on the life of Mary Wollstonecraft, and also discusses the stories in Opie's Simple Tales and Tales of Real Life as stories full of the descriptions of the characters' feelings in unhappy family situations.

Additional coverage of Opie's life and career is contained in the following source published by Gale Research: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 116 and 159.