Charlotte Smith

(4 May 1749 – 28 October 1806 / London)

Charlotte Smith
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Charlotte Turner Smith was an English Romantic poet and novelist. She initiated a revival of the English sonnet, helped establish the conventions of Gothic fiction, and wrote political novels of sensibility.

Smith was born into a wealthy family and received a typical education for a woman during the late 18th century. However, her father's reckless spending forced her to marry early. In a marriage that she later described as prostitution, she was given by her father to the violent and profligate Benjamin Smith. Their marriage was deeply unhappy, although they had twelve children together. Charlotte joined Benjamin in debtor's prison, where she wrote her first book of poetry, ... more »

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  • ''I knew I had to do it. It was an order from the coach.''
    Charlotte Smith (b. 1974), U.S. college basketball player. As quoted in the New York Times, p. C7 (April 3, 1994). On shooting a three-point baske...
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  • Rookie - 0 Points Peter Bolton (2/25/2014 2:09:00 PM)

    Maybe one was also always writing verse as a child and sneakily submitting some of it to magazines but not many of us were forcibly married at 15. I also love her novels.

  • Rookie - 21 Points Joseph Harlacher (2/22/2014 2:06:00 PM)

    too much! I too did not start writing until I was in debt and living in subsidized housing she writes simultaneous emotions in a single moment. I like. my Chevy S10 truck is called Charolite

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