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Anne Grant


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Anne Grant : Memoirs of an American Lady

Dorothy Wordsworth to Catherine Clarkson, 4 October [1813]: 'My whole summer's reading has been a part of two volumes of Mrs Grant's American Lady, which Southey lent to be speedily returned, and a dip or two in Southey's Nelson - with snatches at the Newspaper and Sunday's readings with the Bairns.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Dorothy Wordsworth      Print: Book


Anne Grant : Letters from the Mountains; being the real correspondence of a Lady, between the year 1773 and 1807, third edition.

[Marginalia]: All three volumes have marginal vertical lines and underlines which appear to indicate meaningful points for the reader (Magdalene Erskine). Vol. 2 has a number of sketches by her. Some of the lines are accompanied by comments or corrections. The end of vol. 3 is dated "My cottage Jany 19th 1809 Thursday night by ... fireside". Marginal comments are in general very brief.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Magdalene Erskine      Print: Book


Anne Grant : Letters from the Mountains; being the real correspondence of a Lady, between the year 1773 and 1807

Mary Berry to Joanna Baillie, 24 October 1844: 'I have been reading "Mrs. Grant's Letters" with considerable amusement. She often writes very well, and [italics]thinks[end italics] well, within her horizon; but her horizon is a narrow one, and her mistakes of character often laughable.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Berry      Print: Book


Anne Grant of Laggan : Memoirs of an American Lady

'The American Lady improved as we went on - but still the same faults in part recurred. - We are now in Margiana, & like it very well indeed. - We are just going to set off for Northumberland to be shut up in Widdrington Tower, where there must be two or three sets of Victims already immured under a very fine Villain.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Austen Family     Print: Book


Anne Grant : Essays on the superstitions of the Highlanders of Scotland: to which are added, translations from the Gaelic

'Lady [-] lent me Mrs Grant's "Superstitions of the Highlands", and I like what I have read of it; but, above all things, I admire Mr Jeffrey's review of it, and also a review of Ford's plays, in which latter there are some beautiful pieces of writing, especially in "The Broken Heart". I am sorry they are disgraced with such coarseness. It does not do to tear off the drapery of a moral imagination, and expose our naked and shivering nature. But certainly those powerful pictures of the passions that were exhibitied in former days, make a good contrast to the tameness of modern performances. I do not like "Love's Melancholy" at all. The character of Penthea in "The Broken Heart" is very fine; but I could not see the advantages of making Calantha dance on when all her friends are dead'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Charlotte Bury      Print: Book


Anne Grant : Letters from the Mountains

'I feel, dear [-], gratified by the partiality which you express for my writings. You would, more than many others, be much influenced by the subject so often alluded to, of Highland scenery and manners. You could scarcely be impartial in this instance'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Charlotte Bury      Print: Book


Anne Grant : Eighteen Hundred and Thirteen: A Poem

'There are two poems that I desire you at all events to read the one entitled "Anster Fair" the most original production that ever this country gave birth to and another thing published lately by Colbourn London called "The Hunting of Badlewe". There is hard struggling here with some kind of very sublime and metaphysical productions called "Reviews" some of them will I fear prove [italics] Ephemeral [end italics] or very short lived. Mrs Grant's 1813 has excited little or no interest here and if some exertion is not made to save it in London it is lost, yet the second book in particular certainly contains something very good'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: James Hogg      Print: Book


Anne Grant : Memoirs of a Highland Lady

'Some months since I joined with other literary folks in subscribing a petition for a pension to Mrs. G- of L-n which we thought was a tribute merited by her works as an authoress and in my opinion much more by the firmness and elasticity of mind with which she had borne a succession of great domestic calamity.' Footnote: Mrs Anne Grant, widow of minister of Laggan, and author of Letters from the Moutain, Superstitions of the Highlands, and Memoirs of a Highland Lady.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Walter Scott      Print: Book


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