The Father and Daughter (1801)

Opie’s volume was reviewed in a variety of periodicals: the notice in The European Magazine mentions only the tale, while The Monthly Review devotes most of its attention to the poems.  The notice in The Critical Review appeared well after the second edition had been printed and responds not only to the tale but to its already established popularity.  Even the newly initiated Edinburgh Review, while ostensibly evaluating Opie’s Poems (1802), looks back in its inaugural issue to pen critical judgments on The Father and Daughter.

Contents (of the First edition of The Father and Daughter)

Epistle Supposed To Be Addressed By Eudora, The Maid Of Corinth, To Her Lover Philemon, Informing Him Of Her Having Traced His SHADOW On The Wall While He Was Sleeping, The Night Before His Departure: Together With The Joyful Consequences Of This Action.

Songs, And Other Poetical Pieces.

The Mourner.
To The Glow-Worm.
Song Of An Indostan Girl.
Song. [Yes, Mary Anne, I Freely Grant,]
Song. [A Youth For Jane With Ardour Sigh’d,]
A Mad-Song. [Ha! What Is This That On My Brow]
Song. [I Once Rejoiced, Sweet Evening Gale,]
Epigram.  On Reading The Pleadings Of Count Lally Tolendal For His Father The Late Count Lally.
Lines Addressed To Mr. Biggs, On His Having Set The Mad Song, And “My Love To War Is Going.”
Fatherless Fanny. A Ballad.
Song–To Laura. [Maid Of The Cold Suspicious Heart,]
The Despairing Wanderer.
The Orphan Boy’s Tale.


The Father and Daughter, A Tale, In Prose: With An Epistle From The Maid of Corinth to Her Lover; And Other Poetical Pieces. London: Longman and Rees, 1801.

The Father and Daughter, A Tale, In Prose.  2nd ed., London: Longman and Rees, 1801.

—–.  3rd ed.  London: Longman and Rees, 1802.

—–.  4th ed.,  London: Longman and Ress, 1804.

—–.  5th ed.,  London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1806.

—–.  6th ed.,  London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1809.

—–.  7th ed.,  London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1813.

—–.  8th ed.,  London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1819.

—–. 9th ed.,   London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1825.

—–. A New and Illustrated Edition. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longman; London: Grove and Son, 1843.


European Magazine, vol. 40, Sept. 1801, p. 194.

Monthly Magazine, vol. 11, 1801, p. 606.

Monthly Mirror, vol. 11, 1801, p. 327.

Monthly Magazine, vol. 12, 1802, p. 584.

The Critical Review, or Annals of Literature, vol. 35, May 1802, pp.114-7.

The Edinburgh Review, vol I, October 1802, pp. 113-22.

Modern Editions 

The Father and Daughter, A Tale, in Prose. Edited by with intro. Peter Garside, 1801. London:
Routledge/Thoemmes, 1994.

The Father and Daughter with Dangers of Coquetry, edited by Shelley King and John B. Pierce.
Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2003.