Charlotte Smith Desmond

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Desmond is a political novel about the French Revolution. It is Charlotte Smith’s only epistolary work, and it is her most politically radical piece. Written in response to Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, Smith’s Desmond fuses political discussion with romance, social satire and a suspenseful plot revolving around a liberal hero desperately in love with a woman who is married to a drunken anti-revolutionary. Whereas Burke represented the French Revolution as a sentimental drama, Smith draws out the parallel between political and domestic tyranny to show how the disenfranchisement of British women under eighteenth-century common law resembled the political tyranny of the French absolutist monarchy.

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The Broadview Literary Texts series is an effort to represent the ever-changing canon of literature in English by bringing together texts long regarded as classics with valuable, though lesser-known literature.

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Antje Blank is a Research Assistant in the English Literature Department, University of Glasgow.

Janet Todd is the Francis Hutcheson Professor of English Literature, University of Glasgow, and the author of many books, including The Secret Life of Aphra Behn (1996) and Mary Wollstonecraft: A Revolutionary Life (2000).

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