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Eleanor Sleath

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Sheffield Hallam University


Annotated Bibliography

Adams, WD, The Dictionary of English Literature. London.1880.

No mention of Eleanor Sleath.

Alston, R.C A Checklist of Women Writers, 1801 – 1900: Fiction, Verse, Drama. London British Library.1990.

No mention of Eleanor Sleath.

Austen,J Northanger Abbey. J.M Dent and Sons.1950

For contextual information; particularly as The Orphan of the Rhine is mentioned.

Beasely, JC, English Fiction, 1660-1800: A Guide to Information Sources. Gale Research Company. !978.

No mention of Eleanor Sleath.

Blain, V, Clements, P and Grundy I, The Feminist Companion to Literature in English. Batsford.1990.

Extremely useful in helping me to choose an author and, having done so, giving an indication as to where I should look for further information ( i.e the mention of the Minerva Press and the Critical Review).

Blakey,D The Minerva Press 1790-1820. Oxford University Press.1939.

Not as useful as I hoped it may be as it merely cites the novels she had published and the dates of publication. However, she is notable by her absence in the ‘Forgotten Favourites’ section, which gives some indication to contemporary reaction.

Block, A, The English Novel, 1740-1850. Gale Research Company. 1978.

Butler, M Jane Austen and the War of Ideas. Clarendon Press. 1975.

Useful for background information around the time Sleath was writing.

Clery, E, Women’s Gothic from Clara Reeve to Mary Shelley,Northcote House. 2000

Very useful for the topic of my critical essay, helped me to compare Sleath’s heroines to Radcliffe’s.

Crawford, A et al The Europa Biographical Dictionary of British Women: Over 1000 Notable Women from Britain’s Past. Gale Research. 1983.

No mention of Eleanor Sleath

The Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University. 1922.

No mention of Eleanor Sleath, but there is information concerning a John Sleath who may have been her husband.

Figes, E Sex and Subterfuge: Women Novelists to 1850. Macmillan. 1982.

Again, no direct information on Sleath but useful information concerning trends of the time.

Fleenor,J. The Female Gothic. Eden Press.1983.

Excellent essays concerning representations of heroines and heroes for my critical essay.

Kelly. G, English Fiction of the Romantic Period, 1789-1830.Longman.1989.

Kelly, G, Women, Writing and the Revolution, 1790-1827. Clarendon Press. 1993.

Background information.

Kunitz, SJ and Haycraft, H, British Authors of the Nineteenth Century. Wilson. 1952.

No mention of Eleanor Sleath.

MacCarthy, B, The Female Pen: Women Writers and Novelists, 1621-1818. Cork University Press. 1994.

Background information from the time, trends and reception to female writers.

Mayo, R The English Novels in the Magazines, 1740-1815: With a catalogue of Magazine Novels and Novelettes. The Women’s Press. 1962.

Miles, R, Ann Radcliffe: The Great Enchantress. Manchester University Press.

Useful for background information and my critical essay.

Moers, E. Literary Women. Oxford University Press.1985.

Extremely useful for the topic of my critical essay, concerning attitudes towards women and women’s writing in the eighteenth century.

Poovey,M, The Proper Lady and the Woman Writer. Chicago University Press. 1984.

Background information, particularly concerning how women were expected to behave.

Radcliffe, A, A Sicilian Romance. Oxford University Press.1993

Useful to compare Sleath’s work to her much praised contemporary.

Rivkin and Ryan, Literary Theory: An Anthology. Blackwell.1998

I consulted this for my critical essay for information on the Law of the Father.

Shattock, J, Oxford Guide to British Women Writers. Oxford University Press. 1993.

No mention of Eleanor Sleath.

Sleath, E, The Nocturnal Minstrel or the Spirit of the Wood. Minerva Press. 1810.

Printed off microfiche. The first of her novels I read.

Sleath, E, The Orphan of the Rhine. The Northanger Set of Jane Austen Horrid Novels. The Folio Press. 1968.

This book proved vital due to the introduction containing biographical information about Sleath by Devendra Varma.

Steeves, H, Before Jane Austen: The Shaping of the English Novel in the Eighteenth Century. Holt, Reinhart and Winston. 1965.

More contextual information.

Tompkins, JMS, The Popular Novel in England. Methuen. 1965.

Varma, D, The Gothic Flame. Russel and Russel. 1957.

A discussion of Radcliffe’s work gave me ideas for questions to ask about Sleath.

Ward, W, Literary Reviews in British Periodicals 1790-1820. Garland Publishing. 1972.

Directed me towards contemporary reviews of Sleath’s work.

Critical Review, volume 27. November 1799.

Contained a review of The Orphan of the Rhine.

Monthly Magazine, volume 15. July 28th 1803.

Contained a review of Who’s the Murderer?

Le Beau Monde, 2. October 1809.

Contained a review of The Bristol Heiress or the Errors of Education. 981/ Group/ami.virgins.html 981/ Group/ami.villain.html 981/ Group/ ami.inner.html

Excellent website found by typing 'women in gothic' into the search engine. Contained information on representations of women and men in the female gothic, including quotations from books on the topic. Proved vital for my critical essay. Student report for Gothic Fiction: ENGL 450. The Law of the Father: The Appearance of Incest in Gothic Fiction.

Another source found through an internet search engine. Again proved extremely useful for the critical essay.


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