Lloyd, N (2008) 'Mary Julia Young: a biographical and bibliographical study.' Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840, 18. ISSN 1748-0116

Official URL: http://www.romtext.org.uk/reports/rt18_n04/


Mary Julia Young was a prolific author of fiction and poetry between 1791 and 1810. Although she was listed as one of the ‘Mothers of the Novel’ in Dale Spender’s 100 Good Women Writers Before Jane Austen, she has never been an author of established literary reputation. Despite her self-proclaimed association with the celebrated Augustan Graveyard poet Edward Young, critical focus on Young has been restricted to cursory entries in encyclopaedias of women’s writing or Romantic poetry and a few passing references in more general works of criticism to ‘Julia Maria Young’. Nonetheless, in 2007, Young’s 1798 novel Rose-Mount Castle; or, False Report was republished for the first time. This interest in Young’s work—a product of the ongoing attempt to recuperate minor authors of the Romantic period—is the first indication of her potential significance. Indeed, while she was not especially influential in her own time, Young provides a striking example for the modern scholar of the female literary professionalism that transformed the book trade during the course of the eighteenth century.

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Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
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