Three volumes of commonplace books by Sidney Owenson (aka Sydney Owenson, later known as Lady Morgan). The volumes were filled
during the prolific first decade of her writing career.
Lady Morgan, born Sydney Owenson (ca. December 25, 1776-April 16, 1859) was a highly successful though somewhat controversial
Anglo-Irish Romantic writer, whose works include historical romances, drama, poetry, travel narrative, history, biography
and critical essays. Owenson was distinguished by her ability to use historical romances to critique Anglo-Irish relations
and the perils of careless and avaricious imperialism while reviving ethnic pride in Irish culture. The daughter of celebrated
Irish actor and nationalist, Robert Owenson, and a Shropshire woman named Jane Hill, Owenson was raised in Dublin. She received
a gentlewoman's education and was an avid autodidact as well. After her mother died and her father suffered a series of financial
difficulties, Owenson went to work as a governess, and later as a writer, to help support herself and her family.
3 v. (132, 73 with 5 loose papers enclosed, 50 leaves) : paper ; 195 x 170 mm.
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