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BOOKS (written by Mrs. WEST) printed for
1. A GOSSIP's STORY and LEGENDARY TALE. In Two Volumes 12mo. Price 78. in Boards. Fourth Edition.
"We can recommend this flory, 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 difgrace many even of our most celebrated novels, have here no place; and several of the shorter poetical pieces interfperfed through the work have very 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 less 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 ftandard, to which nothing human ever attained; perplexed by imaginary difficulties; finking under fancied evils; destroying 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 instructive, we have a copious fource of entertainment in the adventures of the other perfo nages 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 whofe general ftyle 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 applauf. Thefe 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 extenfive examination.
"We fo heartily concur in her opinions, every fubje&t which the treats appears to us fo important, and so highly entitled to the attentive confideration of youth, that we feel doubtful from 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 novelist 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 interefted 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 these days of infidelity and licentiousness of manners, and to fortify them against the corruptions of the age."
Guardian of Education, May 1802.
3. POEMS and PLAYS, Two Volumes, elegantly printed in Foolfcap 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 difpofed; the characters duly discriminated and preferved; the denouement naturally produced; and the intereft kept up with judgment to the end. The language is elegant, spirited, and correct; chafte without tameness, 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.
written at 4. MISCELLANEOUS POETRY; an early Period of Life. Dedicated to the Right Hon. Lady Charlotte Wentworth. Price 2s. 6d.
5. MISCELLANEOUS POEMS and a TRAGEDY. Price 58.
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 moralist, 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 institutions. Occasional. imp:oprieties 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 most readers pait its faults unfeen, and to carry them fmoothly over its inequalities." Monthly Review, April 1802.
"We fhall 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, becaufe 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-Facchin Rev. April 1802.
"We must now take leave of this pleafing, inftructive, and well-written performance, with a few remarks on its style. 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 call.d (but are not always 10 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.
2. THE FATHER AND DAUGHTER; a Tale, by Mrs. OPIE. The Second Edition, with a Frontifpiece. Price 4s. 6d. boards.
"The pleafures of melancholy are fuited only to minds of uncommon fufceptibility,-to thofe perfons who may be faid to have a fympathetic tafte for diftrefs; and from teaders of this clafs, the tale of woe now before us will meet with peculiar acceptance. For ourselves, we own that we have been truly affected by the perufal of it, fince it is replete with inte rest, and poffeffes pathos enough to affect the heart of the most callous of critical readers." Monthly Rev. June 18010
"We are by no means furprised that this work should have paffed through the first edition, before we had an opportunity of ftating our opinion of its merits. Seldom have we met with any combination of incidents, real or imaginary, which poffeffed more of the deeply pathetic. The moral inculcated by this tale is seriously impreffive. It exhibits, in the most affecting point of view, the mifery confequent upon the illicit indulgence of the paffions; and the effect of the awful leffon which it teaches, is not impaired by any intermixture of levity of dialogue, or pruriency of defcription. The ftyle of the Au thorefs is elegant and correct; free from ambitious ornament, and never degenerating into colloquial negligence."
Critical Review, May 1802.
3. LETITIA; or, a CASTLE without a SPECTRE. By Mrs. HUNTER of NORWICH. 4 vols. Price 11. is. boards.
"The author poffeffes confiderable merit as a writer, as well as an obferver of human life and manners. Her difcriminations are just and accurate." Britife Critic, Dec. 1801. "This is one of the very few novels which, in point of moral and religious tendency, demand from us an unqualified recommendation to every clafs of readers."
Anti-Jacobin Rev. Jan, 1802.
4. THE HISTORY of the GRUBTHORPE FAMILY, or, the Old Bachelor and his Sifter Penelope. By the Author of LETITIA, 3 vel. 12mo. Price 13s. 6d. boards.