A collection of original Amelia
Alderson Opie manuscripts and correspondence with additional family related material,
including manuscripts, correspondence, and ephemera. The Amelia Alderson Opie material
includes two manuscript travel journals, poems, songs, and letters to and from various
Amelia Alderson Opie (1769-1853) was a British Romantic poet and author. She was born in
Norwich, England, to physician James Alderson and Amelia Briggs; Opie's mother died when she
was 15. Opie anonymously published her first novel, The dangers of coquetry, in 1790 at the
age of 20; she went on to publish six more novels, the most famous of which is Adeline
Mowbry (1804), as well as volumes of tales and poems. She married the painter John Opie
(1761-1807) in 1798 and through him met several artists and actors, including Sarah Siddons.
Opie was a lifelong activist and abolitionist and when she joined the Society of Friends in
1825, she vowed to give up writing novels and plays. She dedicated the last decades of her
life to abolitionist work and to asylum and prison reform; she died in Norwich in 1853.
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