Anna Seward: Woman of Considerable Renown

Text: Marion Roberts

Image: Engraving of Anna Seward
[Image from Birmingham Central Library]


Anna Seward was an accomplished and famous poet, a friend of many Lunar men and associate of other literary figures of the time. She was not a metropolitan figure, but spent most of her life in the city of Lichfield, but Anna Seward was not stuck in a provincial backwater. Lichfield was the cultural centre of the Midlands, a wealthy city and home to many pioneering intellects. Her descriptions of Lunar figures in her letters and memoirs are major sources of evidence and she deplored the destruction of “nature” by human action and industrial pollution. Marion Roberts’ presentation of her life and work shows how a talented and strong-willed woman could carve a place for herself in the cultural life of late 18th and early 19th century England.

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Sources and Further Reading

Ashmun, Margaret, The Singing Swan, (New Haven, Conn.,Yale University Press, 1931).
Lady Miller and the Batheaston literary circle. (Yale University Press, 1927).
Mavor, Elizabeth, Ladies of Llangollen, a Study in Romantic Friendship (Penguin, 1973).
Schofield, Robert. E., The Lunar Society of Birmingham (Clarendon Press, 1963).
Scott, Walter (ed.), The Poetical Works of Anna Seward with extracts from her literary correspondence (Edinburgh & London, 1810).
Seward, Anna, Letters of Anna Seward written between the years 1784 & 1807. (Edinburgh and London, Archibald Constable and Longman, Hurst et al., 1811).