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Adeline Mowbray 

Adeline Mowbray

Or The Mother and Daughter

Written by: Amelia Opie
Edited by: Anne McWhir

Series: Broadview Editions

Publication Date: November 15, 2009
356pp • Paperback / PDF / ePub
ISBN: 9781551114521 / 1551114526

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When Adeline Mowbray puts her mother Editha's radical theories into practice by eloping with, but not marrying, a notorious writer, the mother and daughter are estranged for many years, but finally reconciled. As its subtitle suggests, Adeline Mowbray, or The Mother and Daughter begins and ends with their story, but its complex plot encompasses almost every other human relationship. This engaging novel explores many issues important in the Romantic period, from women's education to the ethics of slavery and colonialism.

This Broadview Edition uses the first edition of 1805 as its copy text, but also includes important variants from the 1810 and 1844 editions. The appendices include contemporary reviews and material expanding on the novel's themes of women's education, marriage, slavery, and the tension between feeling and reason.


"Anne McWhir's new edition of Amelia Opie's Adeline Mowbray deftly positions the text in its larger cultural and global context. It also pays notable attention to the author's revisions of the text over the course of the nineteenth century, thus leading us to consider the ways in which conventions associated with the Victorian novel evolve out of Romantic-era fiction." - Roxanne Eberle, University of Georgia

Anne McWhir is Professor of English at the University of Calgary. She is the co-editor, with D.L. Macdonald, of The Broadview Anthology of Literature of the Revolutionary Period, 1770-1830, and the editor of the Broadview Edition of Mary Shelley's The Last Man.

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Amelia Opie: A Brief Chronology

A Note on the Text

Adeline Mowbray

Appendix A:  Contemporary Reviews

  1. Critical Review 3rd ser., 4 (1805): 219-21
  2. Annual Review 4 (1805): 653
  3. Literary Journal 5 (1805): 171-75
  4. Monthly Review ns 51 (1806): 320-21
  5. European Magazine 47 (1805): 129-30

Appendix B:  On Education

  1. from John Locke, Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1689)
  2. from Hannah More, Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education, with a View of the Principles and Conduct Prevalent among Women of Rank and Fortune (1799)

Appendix C:  On Duelling

  1. William Godwin, Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its Influence on Morals and Happiness, 3rd ed. (1798)

Appendix D:  On Marriage and Divorce

  1. from An act for the better preventing of clandestine Marriages (1753)
  2. from Anon., Letters on Love, Marriage, and Adultery, Addressed to the Right Honorable The Earl of Exeter (1789)
  3. from William Godwin, Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its Influence on Morals and Happiness, 3rd ed. (1798), Appendix to Book 8, chap. 8
  4. from Mary Wollstonecraft, The Wrongs of Woman:  or, Maria.  A Fragment (1798)

Appendix E: On Godwin and Wollstonecraft

  1. from William Godwin, Memoirs of the Author of "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" [1st ed.] (1798)
  2. from Robert Bisset, et al., The Historical, Biographical, Literary, and Scientific Magazine.  The History of Literature and Science for the Year 1799

Appendix F:  On Mothers and Daughters

  1. from Poems by Mrs. Opie (1802)
  2. from Lays for the Dead (1834)

Appendix G:  On Slavery and Jamaica

  1. from the Mansfield decision, 1772
  2. from J. Stewart, A View of the Past and Present State of the Island of Jamaica; with Remarks on the Moral and Physical Condition of the Slaves, and on the Abolition of Slavery in the Colonies (1823)

Appendix H: On Religion

  1. from Joseph Gurney Bevan, A Refutation of Some of the More Modern Misrepresentations of the Society of Friends, Commonly Called Quakers . . . also, . . . A Summary of the History, Doctrine and Discipline of Friends (1800)

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Adeline Mowbray

2009 • 356pp • Paperback • 9781551114521 / 1551114526

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