M. Ray Adams (essay date 1939)
SOURCE: Adams, M. Ray. “Helen Maria Williams and the French Revolution.” In Wordsworth and Coleridge: Studies in Honor of George McLean Harper, edited by Earl Leslie Griggs, pp. 87-117. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1939.
[In the following essay, Adams examines the manner in which Williams interpreted the events of the French Revolution for her reading public in England.]
“The most sensible women,” wrote George Dyer in 1792, “are more uniformly on the side of liberty than the other sex; witness a Macaulay, a Wollstonecraft, a Barbauld, a Jebb, a Williams, and a Smith.”1 The establishment of such a generalization perhaps requires a...
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