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MS Hyde 82

Seward, Anna, 1742-1809. Anna Seward papers, 1781-1807: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Hyde 82
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Seward, Anna, 1742-1809
Title: Anna Seward papers,
Date(s): 1781-1807.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters by poet Anna Seward, mostly to Penelope Sophia Weston Pennington, often discussing literature, Samuel Johnson and Sir Walter Scott.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003JM-58 (part). Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Anna Seward Papers, 1781-1807 (MS Hyde 82). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Several related items are also part of the Hyde Collection, including seven letters from William Hayley to Seward in MS Hyde 76; and four letters and a poem by Seward in MS Hyde 77.

Biographical / Historical

Anna Seward (1742-1809) was born in Eyam, Derbyshire, and resided in Lichfield, England from age thirteen until her death. In addition to her career as a poet, she carried on a voluminous correspondence with many literary figures. Known as "The Swan of Lichfield," she had an uneasy relationship with her town's other famous literary figure, Samuel Johnson.


Letters of Anna Seward (Edinburgh: George Ramsay & Co., 1811)


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Series I, Correspondence, includes 33 autograph letters by Seward, mostly to Penelope Sophia Weston Pennington, items (6-11), as well as three letters which Seward received from William Hayley, item (2). Many of the letters concern her literary career, and the literary efforts of other authors. Samuel Johnson and Sir Walter Scott are also recurring topics.
Series II, Manuscripts, consists of two poems in Seward's hand.

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