Biographies, Sketches and Sources of Anecdotal Information

Full-Length Biographies

Brightwell, C. L., and Amelia Alderson Opie. Memorials of the Life of Amelia Opie: Selected and Arranged from Her Letters, Diaries, and Other Manuscripts. 2nd ed., Norwich, UK: Fletcher and Alexander, 1854.

Brightwell, Cecilia Lucy. Memorials of the Life of Amelia Opie Selected and Arranged from Her Letters. London: Longman, Brown, and Co., 1854.

Farrant, Ann. Amelia Opie: The Quaker Celebrity. Quiller Press, 2014. 

Macgregor, Margaret E. “Amelia Alderson Opie: Worldling and Friend.” Smith College Studies in Modern Languages, vol. 14, no. 1-2, 1932-33, pp. i-xi, 1-145.

Menzies-Wilson, Jacobine, and Helen Lloyd. Amelia: The Tale of a Plain Friend. London: Oxford University Press, 1937.

Shorter Biographies, Sketches and Anecdotes

*Note that this section does not include modern encyclopedia or anthology entries.

“Amelia Opie.” The Athenaeum, vol. 1363, 10 December 1853, p. 1483.

“Amelia Opie.”  Biographical Catalogue, Being an Account of the Lives of Friends and Others Whose Portraits Are in the London Friends’ Institute. Also Descriptive Notices of Those of the Friends’Schools and Institutions of Which the Gallery Contains Illustrations, &C., &C,. &C  Edited by W. Beck, W. F. Wells and H. G. Chalky, London: Friends’ Institute, 1888, pp. 473-80.

“Amelia Opie.” [Obituary Abridged from Norfolk News]. The Friend: A Monthly Journal, vol 12, 1854, pp. 8-9.

“Amelia Opie.” Temple Bar, vol. 98, 1893, no. 393, 485-513.

Beloe, William. The Sexagenarian; or, the Recollections of a Literary Life. 2 vols., London: F. C. and J. Rivington, 1817.

Bray, Anna Eliza. Autobiography of Anna Eliza Bray. Edited by John A. Kempe, London: Chapman and Hall, 1884.

Constable, Thomas. Archibald Constable and His Literary Correspondents. 3 vols., Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1873.

Hall, Mrs. S. C. “Memories of Amelia Opie.” The Art Journal, n.s., vol. 6, 1854, pp. 26-7.

Hall, S. C. A Book of Memories of Great Men and Women of the Age. London: Virtue, 1871.

Horder, W. Garrett. “Amelia Opie.” The Sunday Magazine n.s., vol 19, 1890, pp. 454-59, 546-50.

Kelly, Gary, “Opie , Amelia (1769–1853),” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004

Kemble, F. A. Record of a Girlhood, 3 vols., London: Bentley and Son, 1878.

Mackintosh, Robert James, ed. Memoirs of the Life of the Right Honourable Sir James Mackintosh. 2 vols., London: Edward Moxon, 1835.

Marshall, Beatrice. Emma Marshall: A Biographical Sketch. London: Seely and Co. Ltd., 1900.

Martin, Mrs. Herbert, ed. Memories of Seventy Years by One of a Literary Family. London: Griffith & Farran, 1883.

Mayer, Gertrude Townshend. “Amelia Opie.”  Women of Letters. London: Richard Bentley & Son, 1894. vol 2, pp. 59-114.

“Memoirs of Mrs. Opie [with a Portrait].” Lady’s Monthly Museum, vol. 6, March 1801, pp. 170-1.

Monkhouse, William Cosmo. “Mrs. Amelia Opie.” The Dictionary of National Biography. Eds. Sir Leslie Stephen and Sir Sidney Lee. Vol. 14. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1921-2, pp. 1120-4.

Mottram, R. H. If Stones Could Speak: An Introduction to an Almost Human Family. London: Museum Press, 1953.

“Mrs. Opie.” The Leisure Hour, vol 3, 1854, pp. 633-8.

“Mrs. Opie.” The Ladies’ Monthly Museum, vol. 5, February 1817, pp. 61-4.

“Mrs. Opie.” La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine Addressed Particularly to the Ladies, n.s. vols. 23-24, January 1821, pp. 2-4.

“Mrs. Opie.” The European Magazine and London Review, vol. 43, May 1803, pp. 323-4.

Povey, Kenneth. “Amelia and the Hermit.” The Sussex County Magazine, vol. 3, 1929, pp. 37-44.

Ritchie, Anne Thackeray. A Book of Sibyls. London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 1883.

Robertson, Eric S. English Poetesses: A Series of Critical Biographies, with Illustrative Extracts. London: Cassell and Co. Ltd., 1883.

Ross, Janet. Three Generations of English Women: Memoirs and Correspondence of Susannah Taylor, Sarah Austin, and Lady Duff Gordon. Rev. and enlarged edn., London: T.F. Unwin, 1893.

Rowton, Frederic. The Female Poets of Great Britain, Chronologically Arranged: With Copious Selections and Critical Remarks. Philadelphia: Henry Carey Baird, 1854.

Sayers, F. Poetical Works of the Late F. Sayers, M.D. To Which Have Been Prefixed the Connected Disquisitions on the Rise and Progress of English Poetry, and on English Metres, and Also Some Biographical Particulars Of the Author, Supplied by W.[Illiam] Taylor, of Norwich. London: W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1830.

Sedgwick, Mrs. Letters from Abroad to Kindred at Home. 2 vols., New York: Harper & Brothers, 1841.

St. Clair, William. The Godwins and the Shelleys: The Biography of a Family. London: Faber and Faber, 1989.

Stirling, A. M. W. Coke of Norfolk and His Friends: The Life of Thomas William Coke, First Earl of Leicester of Holkham, Containing an Account of His Ancestry, Surroundings, Public Services & Private Friendships, & Including Many Unpublished Letters from Noted Men of His Day, English and American with 22 Illustrations from Contemporary Portraits, Prints, Etc. New ed., London/New York: John Lane, 1912.

Taylor, Mrs. John. “Mrs. Opie.” The Cabinet; or, Monthly Report of Polite Literature, vol. 1, 1807, pp. 217-9.

Todd, Janet, ed. British Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide. New York: Continuum, 1989, pp. 514-16.

Whitten, Wilfred. “Amelia Opie.” The Friend, vol. 33, no. 44, 1893, pp. 713-4.