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The Poetry Of Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Turner Smith was born on 4th May 1749 in London. Her early years were dominated by her mother’s early death and her father’s reckless spending. At age 15 she married Benjamin Smith in order to rid her father of his gambling debts. Charlotte was later to write that she now become a "legal prostitute". Benjamin was violent, unfaithful, more reckless with monies than her father and completely unsupportive with her writing that she had begun to spend more time on. In 1766, Charlotte and Benjamin had the first of their twelve children. She helped with her Father in law’s business and upon his death he left much to Charlotte and her children but this inheritance was tied up in legal wranglings that lasted for 40 years and became the inspiration for Dickens' central case in Bleak House. Her husband's spending landed him in prison and as was allowed at the time, Charlotte moved in to join him. It was here in 1784, that she wrote and published her first work, Elegiac Sonnets. It was an instant success, allowing Charlotte to pay for their release from prison and contributing to a revival of the sonnet. Charlotte moved to Chichester where she began to write novels believing she could earn more from their sale and rather unusually publishing all her work under her own name. Her first novel, Emmeline in 1788, was a success and in the next decade she wrote nine more. However, despite their initial success, her finances were a constant source of concern and she was often in debt being forced to move home frequently and impacting on declining health. By 1803, Smith was again poverty-stricken with severe gout which made writing painful and later almost paralysed her. On 23 February 1806, Charlotte finally received some of the inheritance, but was too ill to do anything with it and died on October 28th 1806. William Wordsworth described her as a poet "to whom English verse is under greater obligations than are likely to be either acknowledged or remembered".

Charlotte Turner Smith was born on 4th May 1749 in London. Her early years were dominated by her mother’s early death and her father’s reckless spending. At age 15 she married Benjamin Smith in order to rid her father of his gambling debts. Charlotte was later to write that she now become a "legal prostitute". Benjamin was violent, unfaithful, more reckless with monies than her father and completely unsupportive with her writing that she had begun to spend more time on. In 1766, Charlotte and Benjamin had the first of their twelve children. She helped with her Father in law’s business and upon his death he left much to Charlotte and her children but this inheritance was tied up in legal wranglings that lasted for 40 years and became the inspiration for Dickens' central case in Bleak House. Her husband's spending landed him in prison and as was allowed at the time, Charlotte moved in to join him. It was here in 1784, that she wrote and published her first work, Elegiac Sonnets. It was an instant success, allowing Charlotte to pay for their release from prison and contributing to a revival of the sonnet. Charlotte moved to Chichester where she began to write novels believing she could earn more from their sale and rather unusually publishing all her work under her own name. Her first novel, Emmeline in 1788, was a success and in the next decade she wrote nine more. However, despite their initial success, her finances were a constant source of concern and she was often in debt being forced to move home frequently and impacting on declining health. By 1803, Smith was again poverty-stricken with severe gout which made writing painful and later almost paralysed her. On 23 February 1806, Charlotte finally received some of the inheritance, but was too ill to do anything with it and died on October 28th 1806. William Wordsworth described her as a poet "to whom English verse is under greater obligations than are likely to be either acknowledged or remembered".
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Charlotte Turner Smith was born on 4th May 1749 in London. Her early years were dominated by her mother’s early death and her father’s reckless spending. At age 15 she married Benjamin Smith in order to rid her father of his gambling debts. Charlotte was later to write that she now become a "legal prostitute". Benjamin was violent, unfaithful, more reckless with monies than her father and completely unsupportive with her writing that she had begun to spend more time on. In 1766, Charlotte and Benjamin had the first of their twelve children. She helped with her Father in law’s business and upon his death he left much to Charlotte and her children but this inheritance was tied up in legal wranglings that lasted for 40 years and became the inspiration for Dickens' central case in Bleak House. Her husband's spending landed him in prison and as was allowed at the time, Charlotte moved in to join him. It was here in 1784, that she wrote and published her first work, Elegiac Sonnets. It was an instant success, allowing Charlotte to pay for their release from prison and contributing to a revival of the sonnet. Charlotte moved to Chichester where she began to write novels believing she could earn more from their sale and rather unusually publishing all her work under her own name. Her first novel, Emmeline in 1788, was a success and in the next decade she wrote nine more. However, despite their initial success, her finances were a constant source of concern and she was often in debt being forced to move home frequently and impacting on declining health. By 1803, Smith was again poverty-stricken with severe gout which made writing painful and later almost paralysed her. On 23 February 1806, Charlotte finally received some of the inheritance, but was too ill to do anything with it and died on October 28th 1806. William Wordsworth described her as a poet "to whom English verse is under greater obligations than are likely to be either acknowledged or remembered".

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ghizela Rowe

Length:

49m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

02:35


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:57


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:49


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

00:49


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

00:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:03


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:06


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

00:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

00:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

00:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:02


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

00:57


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

00:59


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

00:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:03


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

01:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:02


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

00:55


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:00


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

00:59


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

01:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

01:00


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:04


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:42