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Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna

(1790—1846) writer and social reformer


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(1790–1846), poet and novelist. The daughter of a Norwich clergyman, she wrote religious tracts for a Dublin evangelical society as ‘Charlotte Elizabeth’ and more than thirty novels, mainly addressing social problems, as in Helen Fleetwood, a Tale of the Factories (1841). The Rockite (1838) and Derry, a Tale of Revolution (1839) attack Catholicism. Her best-known poems are anonymously printed ballads such as ‘The Maiden City’.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.

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