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Author: Hemans, Felicia Dorothea

Biography:

Hemans, Felicia Dorothea, formerly Browne (1793-1835: ODNB)

One of the six children of George and Felicity Dorothea (Wagner) Browne, she was born in Liverpool and educated at home. The family moved to north Wales following reverses in business, in 1800; in 1809 they settled in St Asaph. George Browne emigrated alone to Canada about 1806 and died a few years later. As Felicia Dorothea Browne, she published three volumes of verse before she was twenty, the first of them (when she was fifteen) dedicated to the Prince of Wales whose name headed the list of subscribers. In 1812 she married Captain Alfred Hemans. They had five sons but separated amicably in 1818, whereupon Mrs. Hemans renewed her professional career as a writer. She contributed prose articles and verse to the major periodicals, magazines, and annuals, besides her more substantial adaptations, translations, and collections of original poetry that appeared in volume form--about twenty titles in her lifetime. She also maintained a prodigious correspondence. After the death of her mother in 1827, she moved with her younger children back to Liverpool and then in 1831, in search of better health, to Dublin, where she died after a bout of scarlet fever. Her sister Harriett (Browne) Hughes Owen edited her Works in seven volumes, with a memoir (1839). (ODNB 4 Mar. 2019)

 

Other Names:

  • F. Hemans
  • Felicia D. Hemans
  • Felicia Dorothea Browne
  • Felicia Hemans
  • Hemans
  • Mrs. F. Hemans
  • Mrs. Felicia Hemans
  • Mrs. Hemans
 

Books written (64):

London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1808
Liverpool/ London: printed by G. F. Harris/ T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1808
London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1812
Oxford/ London: R. Pearson/ J. Ebers, 1816
2nd edn. Oxford/ London: printed by W. Baxter/ J. Murray, 1816
London: John Murray, 1817
London: John Murray, 1819
Edinburgh/ London: William Blackwood/ T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1819
London: John Murray, 1820
London: printed for the Royal Society of Literature by J. Brettell, 1821
New edn. London: John Murray, 1821
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1823
2nd edn. London: John Murrray, 1824
Boston: Hilliard, Gray, Little, and Wilkins, 1827
Boston: Hilliard, Gray, Little, and Wilkins, 1827
Boston: Hilliard, Gray, Little, and Wilkins, 1827
3rd American edn. Hartford [CT]: Edward Hopkins, 1827
Royston/ London: John Warren/ Thomas Hurst, Edward Chance and Co., 1828
A new collection Boston: Hilliard, Gray, Little, and Wilkins, 1828
4th American edn. New York: Evert Duyckinck, 1828
Edinburgh/ London: William Blackwood/ T. Cadell, 1828
Boston: Hilliard, Gray, Little, and Wilkins, 1828
New York: William B. Gilley, 1828
2nd edn. Edinburgh/ London: William Blackwood/ T. Cadell, 1828
2nd edn. Edinburgh/ London: William Blackwood/ T. Cadell, 1829
Glasgow: Richard Griffin and Co., 1830
London: Holdsworth and Ball, 1830
3rd edn. Edinburgh/ London: William Blackwood/ T. Cadell, 1830
Edinburgh/ London: William Blackwood/ T. Cadell, 1830
Philadelphia: Carey and Lea, 1831
Philadelphia: Thos. T. Ash, 1832
[reprinted from the American edn.] London: John Mardon, 1833
Boston/ New York/ Philadelphia/ Baltimore: Perkins and Marvin, and Russell, Odiorne and Co./ Jonathan Leavitt/ French and Perkins/ Armstrong and Plaskitt, 1833
Philadelphia: John Grigg, 1833
Dublin/ London: William Curry, Jr., and Co./ Simpkin and Marshall, 1834
Dublin/ London: William Curry, Jr./ Simpkin and Marshall, 1834
Philadelphia: John Grigg, 1834
4th edn. Edinburgh/ London: William Blackwood/ T. Cadell, 1834
Edinburgh/ London: William Blackwood/ T. Cadell, 1834
3rd edn. Edinburgh/ London: William Blackwood and Sons/ T. Cadell, 1835
Hartford [CT]: Andrus and Judd, 1835
2nd edn. Edinburgh/ London: William Blackwood and Sons/ T. Cadell, 1835