Helen Maria Williams and the Age of Revolution
Helen Maria Williams (1761-1827) had a long and prolific career as a writer: she was a celebrated British poet, an influential translator of works of French literature and history, and an important British chronicler of the French Revolution in a series of books entitled Letters from France, published in eight volumes from 1790-1796. Eventually settling in Paris with her mother and two sisters, Williams hosted a Parisian salon that was frequented by many of Europe's most important politicians, artists, writers, and thinkers, including J.P. Brissot, Madame Roland, Mary Wollstonecraft, Thaddeus Kosciuszko, and Alexander von Humboldt.
About the author:
Deborah Kennedy is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Saint Mary's University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She specializes in British literature of the eighteenth century and the romantic period. Her publications include articles on William Wordsworth, Frances Burney, Charlotte Smith, Felicia Hemans, and Helen Maria Williams.