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pen, may be the undefigned cause of fome of these effects; but repeated deviations from an oftenfible fubject can only proceed from a fettled defign of covertly attacking whatever science once taught us to revere.
BOOKS (written by Mrs. WEST) printed for
T. N. LONGMAN and O, REES.
1. A GOSSIP's STORY and LEGENDARY TALE. In Two Volumes 12mo. Price 78. in Boards. Fourth Edition.
"We can recommend this story, as uniting to a great degree of intereft the rarer qualities of good fenfe, and an accurate knowledge of mankind. The grammatical errors and vulgarifms which disgrace many even of our most celcbtated novels, have here no place; and feveral of the shorter poetical pieces interfperfed through the work have vary confiderable merit. Amusement is combined with utility, and fiction is enlifted inthe cause of virtue and practical philosophy.”
Monthly Rev. Jan. 1797.
"This novel may be recommended as an antidote to the pernicious maxims inculcated in most of the modern tales of SENTIMENT; and while it deferves the highest commendation for its utility, it is scarcely lefs valuable for the entertainment it affords. The heroine, whofe conduct affords the most falutary leffon, poffeffes an amiable and ingenuous mind, folicitous to excel, and defirous to be happy, but deftitute of natural vigour or acquired stability; forming to itself a romantic standard, to which nothing human ever attained; perplexed by imaginary difficulties; finking under fancied evils; deftroying its own peace by the very means which it takes to fecure it; and acting with a degree of fully beneath the common level, through its define of afpiring above the ufual limits of female excellence.
"Blended with principles so inftru&ive, we have a copious fource of entertainment in the adventures of the other perfonages introduced, and frequent TRAITS of delicate humour, which approach nearer to the manner of Fielding than any profeffed imitation of that great genius which has fallen in our way." Critical Review, 08. 1797
2. LETTERS addressed to a YOUNG MAN, on his FIRST ENTRANCE into LIFE, and adapted to the peculiar Circumftances of the prefent Times. In Three large Volumes, 12mo. Price 16s. 6d, in Boards. Second Edition.
"We have often had occafion to review and to commend the compofitions of this female author, whofe principles are found, and whose general style of writing is corr & and elegant. The work before us is addreffed to her fon, the fame youth, as we understand, who is the subject of the eighth fonnet in the first volume of thofe poems which the published in 1799, and on which we bestowed the tribute of deferved applaus:. These volumes may be confidered as a valuable addition to the library of youth, in the dangerous interval between childhood and adolefcence. The doctrines they teach are orthodox, te.nperate, uniform, and liberal; and the manners they recommend are what every judicious parent would with her fon to adopt.
"This work appears to us fo highly valuable, that we feed ourfelves called upon, by the duty we owe to the British youth, to give it a very extensive examination.
"We fo heartily concur in her opinions, every fubje&t which the treats appears to us fo important, and fo highly entitled to the attentive confideration of youth, that we feel doubtful fron what part to make our extracts." British Critic, Sept. 1801.
"In our Magazine for May last we announced this publica.. tion to our readers, and we are happy in having this opportu nity of acknowledging, that in the perufal of it we have not been disappointed. The writer is already known to the world as a novelift and poet, and her writings in each of thefe departments have acquired her confiderable celebrity. The prefent work, as we are informed in a modeft and fenfible introduction, owes its origin "to the feelings incident to an anxious mother, on the occafion of a beloved fon's removing from the fafe shelter of the paternal roof." Gent. Mag, Aug. 1801.
"We cannot withhold that tribute of praise which a work of fuch fuperlative merit demands, from every one who is interested for the welfare of the rifing generation; therefore we offer it as our opinion, that the parent or guardian of a young man fcarcely does him juftice, if he fends him into the world to think and act for himself, without putting into his hands a work which is fo well calculated to warn youth (of both fexes indeed) against the dangers to which they are particularly ex pofed in thefe days of infidelity and licentioufnefs of manners, and to fortify them against the corruptions of the age."
Guardian of Education, May 1802.
3. POEMS and PLAYS, Two Volumes, clegantly printed in Foolscap Octavo, and hot preffed. Price 11s. in Boards.
"Of the tragedy of Adela, we do not hesitate to say, after an attentive perufal, that the fable is well conftructed; the incidents happily disposed; the characters duly discriminated and preferved; the denouement naturally produced; and the intereft kept up with judgment to the end. The language is elegant, fpirited, and correct; chafte without tamenefs, and forcible without bombast.
"Thefe volumes are printed in a style of elegance to which the merits of their contents are well entitled, and even the little vignettes with which they are embellished are not unworthy of notice."
Monthly Mirror, Auguß 1799.
A Third Volume will speedily be published.
4. MISCELLANEOUS POETRY; written at an early Period of Life. Dedicated to the Right Hon. Lady Charlotte Wentworth. Price 2s. 6d.
5. MISCELLANEOUS POEMS and a TRAGEDY. Price 5s.
6. THE ADVANTAGES OF EDUCATION; or the HISTORY OF MARIA WILLIAMS. In Two Volumes 12mo. Price 6s. in Boards.
7. AN ELEGY ON THE DEATH OF THE RIGHT HON. EDMUND BURKE. Price is.
8. THE SORROWS OF SELFISHNESS, or the HISTORY OF MISS RICHMORE. With a Frontifpiece. Price 18.
BOOKS printed for T. N. LONGMAN and O. REES.
1. PERCIVAL; or, NATURE VINDI CATED. By R. C. DALLAS, Efq. 4 large Volumes, Price 16s. fewed. Second Edition.
"If ever it be pardonable for the rigour of the critic to yield to the feelings of the moralift, it must be in fuch a cafe. as the prefent; when his attention is called to a publ cation, the tendency of which is to fupport the pureft laws of fociety, and to defend one of its most valuable inftitutions. Occafional improprieties of style, a few deviations from the strict rules of compofition, a cafual want of poetical truth.
"In the corruption of character, or a deficiency of art in the management of the fable, a pear light faults when weig ed against the importance of the end defigned The intereft of the narrative is alio fufficient to hurry moit readers pait its faults unfeen, and to carry them fmoothly over its inequalities." Monthly Review, April 1802.
"We shall enter into a more extenfive examination of the Novel before us, than we are ordinarily accustomed to do in works of a fimilar kind, and for this very good reason, because we have feldom met with one of fimilar merit. We shall only make one more general obfervation upon the whole, before we proceed to a particular difcuffion of its parts. It prefents the reader throughout with a very beautiful picture of virtue, in its molt engaging form, d lineated in the cleare!t colouring of purity of Ityle and implicity of language."
-Anti-Jacobin Rev. April 1802.
"We must now take leave of this pleafing, inftructive, and well-written performance, with a few remarks on its ftyle. We can fay of this Novel, what we have not always an opportunity to fay of the productions in general which come before us: it is English; it is written in the pure language of our country; on that account, were its other merits not allowed to influence our recommendation, we fhould prefs it upon the attention of parents who allow their daughters to read what are called (but are not always to deferving as this of the title) good novels. Having lad thus much of the work altogether, we have revifed our icntiments, and are happy to declare, that we have not faid too much." Anti-Jacobin Rev. May 1802.