Morgan, Lady, (Sydney), 1783-1859

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Sydney Morgan, née Owneson, Lady Morgan, Irish-born novelist and socialite.

From the guide to the Sydney Morgan, Lady Morgan manuscript material : 22 items, 1809-1858, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

Sydney Owenson Morgan, Irish novelist, published her first volume of verse in March 1801 and her most famous novel, The wild Irish girl, in 1806. She married surgeon Sir Thomas Charles Morgan on 20 January 1812. They moved to London between 1837 and 1839 whereupon she ceased writing.

From the description of Lady Sydney Morgan letters, 1806-1843. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 37824534

Irish writer Lady Sydney Morgan ([baptized 1783] –1859) was primarily a novelist. She also wrote books on France and Italy.

Dennis R. Dean, "Morgan , Sydney, Lady Morgan (bap. 1783, d. 1859)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004. http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/19234 (accessed 11 April 2007).

From the guide to the Lady Sydney Morgan letter to Madame Thayer, undated, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Irish writer Lady Sydney Morgan ([baptized 1783] –1859) was primarily a novelist. She also wrote books on France and Italy.

Dennis R. Dean, "Morgan , Sydney, Lady Morgan (bap. 1783, d. 1859)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004. http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/19234 (accessed 11 April 2007).

From the guide to the Lady Sydney Morgan letter to Henry Colburn, undated, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Biography

Lady Morgan, born Sydney Owenson (ca. December 25, 1776-April 16, 1859) was a highly successful though somewhat controversial Anglo-Irish Romantic writer, whose works include historical romances, drama, poetry, travel narrative, history, biography and critical essays. Owenson was distinguished by her ability to use historical romances to critique Anglo-Irish relations and the perils of careless and avaricious imperialism while reviving ethnic pride in Irish culture. The daughter of celebrated Irish actor and nationalist, Robert Owenson, and a Shropshire woman named Jane Hill, Owenson was raised in Dublin. She received a gentlewoman's education and was an avid autodidact as well. After her mother died and her father suffered a series of financial difficulties, Owenson went to work as a governess, and later as a writer, to help support herself and her family.

These volumes of extracts span roughly the first decade of her writing career. Her first work, Poems, Dedicated by Permission to the Countess of Moira, was published in 1801 and her first novel, St. Clair, or, the Heiress of Desmond (ca. 1803) came shortly thereafter; from then on she ceased governessing altogether in favor of writing. Owenson became one of the early creators of the carefully-researched historical fiction / historical romance genre which made Walter Scott famous. Her work, however, is more nationalistic than Scott's. Although some of her novels, such as The Novice of Saint Dominick (1807) and The Missionary (1811) do not address Ireland directly, she worked throughout her career to correct English prejudices about the history, behavior, and character of the Irish. She accomplished this most successfully in her third novel, The Wild Irish Girl (1806). The heroine, Glorvina, was so wildly popular as to make Celtic accessories fashionable in women's dress. In addition to nine novels, Owenson published essays, drama, a collection of Irish songs, a biography of the painter Salvatore Rosa, historical works (most notably Woman and Her Master [1840], a feminist approach to history), and the well-received travel narratives France (1817) and Italy (1821).

Owenson became Lady Morgan in 1812 when she married Sir Thomas Charles Morgan, who had been knighted in 1811. Though the match seems to have been successful, a condition of their marriage, an unusual one for the time, was the keeping of separate finances. This measure was due in part to Owenson's life-long preference for independence, and her continued success as a professional writer.

From the guide to the Sydney Morgan Commonplace Books, [between 1800 and 1810], (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

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referencedIn Kean, Mary, 1779-1849,. Autograph letters signed from Mary (Chambers) Kean to various recipients [manuscript], 1814-1842. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Moore, Thomas, 1779-1852. Thomas Moore manuscript material : 220 items, 1811-1846 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Morgan, Lady (Sydney), 1783-1859,. Autograph letter from Lady Morgan to Mr. and Mrs. Macready [manuscript], 18th or 19th century April 30. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn James Marshall Osborn collection of Lady Sydney Morgan, 1805-1833 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824. George Gordon Byron Collection, 1642-1968 (bulk 1798-1830). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Johnson, Joseph, 1738-1809. Joseph Johnson Letterbook, 1795-1810. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Morgan, Lady (Sydney), 1783-1859. Letter to Miss Hevely. [s.l.]. [18--] University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Morgan, Lady, (Sydney), 1783-1859. Letter to Lady Caroline [Lamb]. Dublin, Ireland. 1823 April 27. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Susan Groag Bell's, An Annotated bibliography of British Women's autobiographies, 1790-1950 :, research and reference materials, 1986-1998 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Johnson, John Mordaunt, 1776?-1815. Journal, 1812 Jul. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Morgan, Lady (Sydney), 1783-1859. Letter : Langford House, England, to J.C. Walker, St. Valeri, Bray, England, 1806 Nov. 13. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Autograph File, M, 1648-1985. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832. Autograph letter signed : Edinburgh, to the Marchioness of Abercorn, 1810 Jan. 21. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Joseph Johnson Letterbook, 1795-1810 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Irvine, Alexander, 1863-1941. Autograph Collection of Alexander Irvine. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Lady Sydney Morgan letter to Madame Thayer, undated University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn Austen, Jane, 1775-1817. Autograph letter signed : Southampton, to Cassandra Austen, 1809 Jan. 17-18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Sydney Morgan, Lady Morgan manuscript material : 22 items, 1809-1858 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn George Gordon Byron Collection TXRC07-A0., 1642-1968 (bulk 1798-1830) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn British Women Romantic Poets, 1789-1832, 1997-open UC Davis Digital Library Program. Dept. of Preservation
creatorOf Morgan, Lady (Sydney), 1783-1859. Letter, 1838. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Osborn, James Marshall,. James Marshall Osborn collection of Lady Sydney Morgan, 1805-1833. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Lamb, Caroline, Lady, 1785-1828. Lady Caroline Lamb manuscript material : 48 items, 1815-1828 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Morgan, Lady (Sydney), 1783-1859. Lady Sydney Morgan letters, 1806-1843. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Bell, Susan G. An annotated bibliography of British women's autobiographies, 1790-1950 : research and reference materials, 1986-1998. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Morgan, Lady (Sydney), 1783-1859. Letter to Mrs. Derby : ALS, [undated]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley manuscript material : 414 items, 1815-1850 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Lady Sydney Morgan letter to Henry Colburn, undated University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn Ralph Waldo Emerson letters from various correspondents, ca. 1814-1882. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Hayward, A. (Abraham), 1801-1884. Abraham Hayward correspondence files : 1063 items, 1790-1889 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Abraham Hayward correspondence files : 1063 items, 1790-1889 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Letters from celebrated authors and other eminent men, 1847-1887. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Morgan, Lady (Sydney), 1783-1859. Letter, 1839, Knightsbridge, to Count ..., Old Brompton. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Morgan, Lady (Sydney), 1783-1859. Sidney Morgan letter to Lord Holland, 1852. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Notes on French authors, [after 1817]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Fales Portrait/Subject Collection, ca. 1800-Present Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Osborn, James Marshall,. James Marshall Osborn collection of Lady Sydney Morgan, 1805-1833. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Kean, Charles John, 1811?-1868,. Autograph letters signed and autograph drafts signed from Charles John Kean to various recipients [manuscript], 1828-1866. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Sydney Morgan Commonplace Books, [between 1800 and 1810] University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
creatorOf Upcott, William, 1779-1845,. Original letters collected by William Upcott of the London Institution : Vol. XXX : Eminent women, 1824. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Morgan, Lady (Sydney), 1783-1859. Letter : Langford House, England, to J.C. Walker, St. Valeri, Bray, England, 1806 Nov. 13. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824. Collected papers, 1807-1832. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Morgan, Lady (Sydney), 1783-1859. Letter to Miss Baring. [London, Eng.]. 1835 Oct. 7. University of Iowa Libraries
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associatedWith Bell, Susan G. person
associatedWith Bell, Susan Groag person
associatedWith Bentley, Richard, 1794-1871, person
associatedWith Bernstorff, Anna, Countess person
associatedWith Bowring, Maria Lewin, 1793 or 94-1858 person
associatedWith British Women Romantic Poets Project, University Library, University of California, Davis. corporateBody
associatedWith Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824 person
associatedWith Carnarvon, Evelyn Stanhope Herbert, Countess of, 1834-1875 person
associatedWith Chapman, Benjamin, person
associatedWith Colburn, Henry, d. 1855 person
associatedWith Crowe, Eyre, 1824-1910 person
associatedWith Derby, Mrs. person
associatedWith Dyer, George, 1755-1841 person
correspondedWith Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 person
associatedWith Foot, Isaac, 1880-1960. person
associatedWith Gaskell, Mary Heywood, 1786-1848 person
associatedWith Hayward, A. (Abraham), 1801-1884. person
correspondedWith Holland, Henry Edward Vassall Fox, Baron, 1802-1859 person
associatedWith Hume, Caroline person
associatedWith Hume, Thomas, 1769 or 70-1850 person
associatedWith Hunter, Susanna person
associatedWith Irvine, Alexander, 1863-1941. person
associatedWith Jameson, Mrs. (Anna), 1794-1860 person
associatedWith Johnson, John Mordaunt, 1776?-1815. person
associatedWith Johnson, Joseph, 1738-1809. person
associatedWith Jones, Richard, person
correspondedWith Kean, Charles John, 1811?-1868, person
correspondedWith Kean, Mary, 1779-1849, person
associatedWith Lamb, Caroline, Lady, 1785-1828. person
associatedWith Leighton, William Allport, 1805-1889, person
correspondedWith Lever, Charles James, 1806-1872 person
correspondedWith Macready, Catherine Frances, 1803 or 4-1852 person
correspondedWith Macready, William Charles, 1793-1873 person
associatedWith Minto, Emma Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, Countess of, d. 1882 person
associatedWith Moore, Thomas, 1779-1852. person
associatedWith Orsay, Alfred Guillaume Gabriel, comte d', 1801-1852 person
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associatedWith Redding, Cyrus, 1785-1870 person
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correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Upcott, William, 1779-1845, person
associatedWith Walker, J. C., fl. 1806. person
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Authors, Irish--19th century--Correspondence
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Birth 1783-12-25

Death 1859-04-14

Irish (Republic of Ireland)

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