Citizens of the World: The Émigrés in the British Imagination
Emigration and travel were abiding preoccupations in Charlotte Smith’s writings. They were also personal passions that were rarely indulged by the author, who needed to write ceaselessly to support her nine children. Smith’s devotion to her beloved Sussex countryside in the Elegiac Sonnets and Beachy Head have (re)established her as a major Romantic poet with a rare talent for evoking the sublimity found in the particular, the minute, and the local. Inseparable from this devotion to the local are Smith’s cosmopolitan longings, most visible in her novels and their evocation of the citizen of the world ideal. Although this identity, as in the above epigraph from Marchmont, is typically claimed by her heroes, Smith’s well-known autobiographical interventions into her works should be expanded to include, in addition to her self-portraits in female victims of unjust institutions, her male citizens of the world.
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