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Charlotte Turner Smith (4 May 1749 — 28 October 1806) was an English Romantic poet and novelist. She initiated a revival of the English sonnet, helped establish the conventions of Gothic fiction, and wrote political novels of sensibility.

Smith was born into a wealthy family and received a typical education for a woman during the late eighteenth century. However, her father's reckless spending forced her to marry early. In a marriage that she later described as prostitution, she was given by her father to the violent and profligate Benjamin Smith. Their marriage was deeply unhappy, although they had twelve children together. Charlotte joined Benjamin in debtor's prison, where she wrote her first book of poetry, Elegiac Sonnets. Its success allowed her to help pay for Benjamin's release. Benjamin's father attempted to leave money to Charlotte and her children upon his death, but legal technicalities prevented her from ever acquiring it.

Charlotte Smith eventually left Benjamin and began writing to support their children. Smith's struggle to provide for her children and her frustrated attempts to gain legal protection as a woman provided themes for her poetry and novels; she included portraits of herself and her family in her novels as well as details about her life in her prefaces. Her early novels are exercises in aesthetic development, particularly of the Gothic and sentimentality. Her later novels, including The Old Manor House, often considered her best, support the ideals of the French Revolution.

Smith was a successful writer, publishing ten novels, three books of poetry, four children's books, and other assorted works, over the course of her career. She always saw herself as a poet first and foremost, however, as poetry was considered the most exalted form of literature at the time. Smith's poetry and prose was praised by contemporaries such as Romantic poets William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge as well as novelist Walter Scott. After 1798, Smith's popularity waned and by 1803 she was destitute and ill...she could barely hold a pen. She had to sell her books to pay off her debts. In 1806, Smith died. Largely forgotten by the middle of the nineteenth century, her works have now been republished and she is recognized as an important Romantic writer.

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Total Books: 66
Ethelinde Or the Recluse of the Lake
2010 - Ethelinde or the Recluse of the Lake (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781148025551
ISBN-10: 1148025553
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Law Lyrics
2010 - Law Lyrics [By R. Bird] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143445415
ISBN-10: 1143445414
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Emmeline the Orphan of the Castle Volume 4
2010 - Emmeline the Orphan of the Castle Volume 4 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142060282
ISBN-10: 1142060284
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The Old Manor-House A Novel
2010 - The Old Manor-house a Novel (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781142362591
ISBN-10: 1142362590
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The Wanderings of Warwick
2010 - The Wanderings of Warwick (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781142582890
ISBN-10: 1142582892
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The Letters of a Solitary Wanderer The Story of Edouarda
2010 - The Letters of a Solitary Wanderer the Story of Edouarda (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142601065
ISBN-10: 1142601064
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Celestina A Novel Volume 4
2010 - Celestina a Novel Volume 4 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142281618
ISBN-10: 1142281612
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Montalbert A Novel Volume 3
2010 - Montalbert a Novel Volume 3 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143130946
ISBN-10: 1143130944
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Young Philosopher A Novel Volume 2
2010 - The Young Philosopher a Novel Volume 2 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141549719
ISBN-10: 1141549719
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The Young Philosopher A Novel Volume 3
2010 - The Young Philosopher a Novel Volume 3 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141776764
ISBN-10: 1141776766
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Elegiac Sonnets And Other Poems by Charlotte Smith
2010 - Elegiac Sonnets and Other Poems By Charlotte Smith (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141842476
ISBN-10: 1141842475
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The Young Philosopher A Novel Volume 4
2010 - The Young Philosopher a Novel Volume 4 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141860296
ISBN-10: 1141860295
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The Letters of a Solitary Wanderer The Hungarian  Leonora Guilelmine De Mortivalle
2010 - The Letters of a Solitary Wanderer the Hungarian Leonora Guilelmine De Mortivalle [Con't.] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141934560
ISBN-10: 1141934566
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The Letters of a Solitary Wanderer The Hungarian
2010 - The Letters of a Solitary Wanderer the Hungarian (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141127832
ISBN-10: 1141127830
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Elegiac Sonnets
2010 - Elegiac Sonnets (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781141306565
ISBN-10: 1141306565
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Old Manor House
2010 - The Old Manor House [Volume 2] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781152449510
ISBN-10: 1152449516
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Rural Walks in Dialogues Intended for the Use of Young Persons
2010 - Rural Walks in Dialogues Intended for the Use of Young Persons (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781152035744
ISBN-10: 1152035746
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The Young Philosopher
2009 - The Young Philosopher (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781151484123
ISBN-10: 1151484121
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Montalbert
2009 - Montalbert [Volume 2] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151581563
ISBN-10: 1151581569
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The Letters of a Solitary Wanderer
2009 - The Letters of a Solitary Wanderer [Volume 5] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151678843
ISBN-10: 1151678848
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The Romance of Real Life
2009 - The Romance of Real Life (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151699725
ISBN-10: 1151699721
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2002 - Old Manor House [Broadview Literary Texts] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
Marchmont a Novel [Scholars Facsimiles and Reprints, Vol 436] (Hardcover)Paperback
Montalbert a Novel [Scholars Facsimiles and Reprints, Vol 437] (Hardcover)Paperback
Elegiac Sonnets 1789 [Revolution and Romanticism 1789-1834] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover