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She was forced to withdraw her other translation, Manon Lescaut , after it was argued that the work was immoral and plagiarized. In , she published it anonymously. She wrote that she might "have been contented to reside in the same house with him", had not "his temper been so capricious and often so cruel" that her "life was not safe". Smith claimed the position of gentlewoman, signing herself "Charlotte Smith of Bignor Park" on the title page of Elegiac Sonnets.

Her success as a poet allowed her to make this choice. Although she published far more prose than poetry and her novels brought her more money and fame, she believed poetry would bring her respectability. As Sarah Zimmerman claimed in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography , "She prized her verse for the role it gave her as a private woman whose sorrows were submitted only reluctantly to the public. After separating from her husband, Smith moved to a town near Chichester and decided to write novels, as they would make her more money than poetry.

Her first novel, Emmeline , was a success, selling copies within months. Smith began her career as a novelist during the s at a time when women's fiction was expected to focus on romance and to foreground "a chaste and flawless heroine subjected to repeated melodramatic distresses until reinstated in society by the virtuous hero".

At times, she challenged the typical romance plot by including "narratives of female desire" or "tales of females suffering despotism". Smith's novels are autobiographical. While a common device at the time, Antje Blank writes in The Literary Encyclopedia , "few exploited fiction's potential of self-representation with such determination as Smith". Stafford in Emmeline are portraits of Charlotte and Benjamin.

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Her mother died in childbirth when Charlotte was three. Charlotte's own first child died a day after her second child, Benjamin Berney, was born and Benjamin Berney lived only ten years. The prefaces to Smith's novels told the story of her own struggles, including the deaths of several of her children.

Smith's experiences prompted her to argue for legal reforms that would grant women more rights, making the case for these reforms through her novels.

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Smith's stories showed the "legal, economic, and sexual exploitation" of women by marriage and property laws. Initially readers were swayed by her arguments and writers such as William Cowper patronized her. However, as the years passed, readers became exhausted by Smith's stories of struggle and inequality. Public opinion shifted towards the view of poet Anna Seward , who argued that Smith was "vain" and "indelicate" for exposing her husband to "public contempt".

Smith moved frequently due to financial concerns and declining health. She eventually settled at Tilford , Surrey. Smith became involved with English radicals while she was living in Brighton from to Like them, she supported the French Revolution and its republican principles. Her epistolary novel Desmond tells the story of a man who journeys to revolutionary France and is convinced of the rightness of the revolution and contends that England should be reformed as well.

The novel was published in June , a year before France and England went to war and before the Reign of Terror began, which shocked the British public, turning them against the revolutionaries. However, in her last novel, The Young Philosopher , Smith wrote a final piece of "outspoken radical fiction". The Old Manor House is "frequently deemed [Smith's] best" novel for its sentimental themes and development of minor characters. Smith earned the most money between and , after which she was no longer as popular; several reasons have been suggested for the public's declining interest in Smith, including "a corresponding erosion of the quality of her work after so many years of literary labour, an eventual waning of readerly interest as she published, on average, one work per year for twenty-two years, and a controversy that attached to her public profile" as she wrote about the French revolution.

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Her insistence on pursuing the lawsuit over Richard Smith's inheritance lost her several patrons. Also, her increasingly blunt prefaces made her less appealing to the public. In order to continue earning money, Smith began writing in less politically charged genres. She also wrote two volumes of a history of England and A Natural History of Birds , posthumous. She also returned to writing poetry and Beachy Head and Other Poems was published posthumously. She could barely afford food and had no coal. Smith complained of gout for many years it was probably rheumatoid arthritis , which made it increasingly difficult and painful for her to write.

By the end of her life, it had almost paralyzed her. She wrote to a friend that she was "literally vegetating, for I have very little locomotive powers beyond those that appertain to a cauliflower". The lawsuit over her father-in-law's estate was settled seven years later, on 22 April , more than thirty-six years after Richard Smith's death. Smith's novels were read and critiqued by her friends who were also writers, as she would return the favor, they found it beneficial to improve and encourage each other's work; Ann Radcliffe , who also wrote novels in Gothic fiction was among these friends.

Along with praise, Smith also received backlash from other famous writers. The muses, if I mistake not, will, in time, raise her to a considerable eminence. She has, as yet, stepped forth only in little things, with a diffidence that is characteristic of real genius in its first attempts. Her next public entre may be more in style, and more consequential. Poet and contributor to beginning of the Romanticist movement, Robert Southey , also sympathized with Smith's hardships. Southey even says, "[although] she has done more and done better than other women writers, it has not been her whole employment — she is not looking out for admiration and talking to show off.

After becoming famous for marrying in a great Irish home, Henrietta O'Neill, similar to Austen provided Smith "with a poetic, sympathetic friendship and with literary connections. One of Smith's longest friends and respected mentors in the business was with Reverend Joseph Cooper Walker, an antiquarian and writer of Dublin. She confided openly in Walker about literary and familial matters. Although today his writing is seen as mediocre, William Hayley , another friend of Smith's, was "liked, respected, influential" during their time, especially because he was offered laureateship upon the death of Thomas Warton.

Smith perceived Hayley's actions as betrayal; he would often make claims that she was a "Lady of signal sorrows, signal woes.

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Her children and her literary career evoked from her best efforts, and did so in about equal measure. Stuart Curran, the editor of Smith's poems, has written that she is "the first poet in England whom in retrospect we would call Romantic". She helped shape the "patterns of thought and conventions of style" for the period, is responsible for rekindling the sonnet form in England.

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Wordsworth, the leading Romantic poet, believed that Smith wrote, "with true feeling for rural nature, at a time when nature was not much regarded by English Poets". These genres include Gothic, revolutionary, educational, epistolary but always incorporating the novel of sensibility.

One of the first poets to ever receive a salary, Henry James Prye claimed Smith was "[excelled] in two species of composition so different as the novel and the sonnet, and whose powers are so equally capable of charming the imagination, and awakening the passions. Smith is known for striving to produce her writing at the same level and expectation as Anna Barbauld and famous political economist, Francis Edgeworth.

The inspiration she received during the 17th century from these famous writers helped her build an audience and dominate in specific genres. Smith was notorious for not only expressing her personal and emotional struggles but also the anxiety and complications she faced when it came meeting deadlines, mailing out completed volumes, and payment advancements. She was keen in persuading her publishers to work with her issues. Smith would submit final drafts in exchange for "food, lodging, and expenses for her children".


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Unfortunately she also struggled with disputes from "various booksellers over copyright, a printers competence, or the quality of an engraving for an illustration. She would argue that the time was ripe for a second edition of a novel. Smith "clung to her own sense of herself as a gentlewoman of integrity," [6] living by this stand.

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The negative aspects that Smith claimed to have experienced during the publication process within her career was perceived as self-pity by many publishers of her time, affecting the writer's relationship and reputation with them. Smith's push to be taken seriously and how she emerges as an essential figure of the "Age of Sensibility" is observed through her powerful use of vulnerability.

Smith's novels were republished at the end of the 20th century, and critics "interested in the period's women poets and prose writers, the Gothic novel, the historical novel, the social problem novel , and post-colonial studies" have argued for her significance as a writer. Scott wrote that she "preserves in her landscapes the truth and precision of a painter" and poet and Barbauld claimed that Smith was the first to include sustained natural description in novels. The edition contains all her novels, the children's stories and rural walks.

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