The Banished Man, A Novel: Smith, Charlotte (1749-1806)

The Banished Man, A Novel

Smith, Charlotte (1749-1806)

Published by T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davis, London, 1794
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12mo. In four volumes. Vol. I. Half-title, xi, errata, p.39 mis-numbered 93, 233. Vol. II. Lacks half title, xii, 236pp.; Vol. III- Half-title, 224pp.; and Vol. IV. Half-title, 340pp with last leaf in facsimile (p. 39-40) laid in. Bound in full contemporary tree calf, flat spines, fully gilt decorated with red and black contrasting morocco spine labels gilt, spine ends with some light chipping, upper joint to volume four split but holding well, scattered foxing or browning to text but mostly clean. Contemporary owner's gift inscription. A very scarce work locating only six copies via OCLC. Charlotte Smith, both a novelist and a poet was arguably the most important figure in the revival of the sonnet during the Romantic era in Great Britain, c. 1775-1835 She was also a major influence on Jane Austen's works, one in particular was her novel titled "Persuasion" which of course was published long after Smith's death. Both The Banished Man and Persuasion are set against the background of war with France. The similarities between the two novels suggest that Jane Austen may have used Smith's family The Ellesmeres as a starting point from which to develop her Elliot Family. Smith was also an author of works for children, with settings in natural history. Smith's works were also famous (often considered infamous) for their highly personal and autobiographical indignities to which she was subjected. She notes these injustices in the preface of the present work. Her life of disappointments and hardships made her a remarkably strong woman that evidenced a marvelous intellect and radical views of the social and political system that destined most women toward a powerless existence. By the age of 15, Charlotte was pressed into bad marriage, bore 12 children and lived in poverty with a husband she eventually left. [Derry, Stephen. "The Ellesmeres and the Elliots: Charlotte Smith's Influence on Persuasion.". Bookseller Inventory # 019584

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Title: The Banished Man, A Novel

Publisher: T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davis, London

Publication Date: 1794

Edition: First Edition.

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