The Amelia Alderson Opie Archive
Shelley King & John B. Pierce, Co-Editors, Department of English, Queen's University
Shannon Smith, Assistant Editor and Web Designer, Department of English, Queen's University
Andrea Terry, Assistant Web Designer, Department of Art, Queen's University
Life Portraits Works Music Bibliography


Welcome to The Amelia Alderson Opie Archive, a site designed to make available the scholarly resources essential for the study of the life and works of Amelia Alderson Opie (1769-1853), a woman writer now emerging as an important figure in scholarship concerning literary culture in the Romantic and early Victorian periods. A member of the radical circle surrounding Godwin and Wollstonecraft in her youth, and a devout Quaker in later life, Opie wrote fiction, poetry and prose essays that reflect a broad range of ideological concerns of the period. Immersed in the culture of sensibility but more fully cognizant of its aesthetic and political implications than many modern critics have been, Opie produced works that reveal a complex engagement with the issues of her day.   

Hosted by Queen's University and supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the archive is designed as a non-profit academic site devoted to promoting and disseminating research related to Opie. The site is divided into five main archives:

Life, which offers a chronology as well as a selection of contemporary biographical sketches, obituary notices and a list of biographical sources;

Portraits, which shows paintings as well as engraved portraits of the author published in her lifetime;

Works, consisting of Works in Volume which lists editions and reviews (many with full text transcriptions); Works published separately in periodicals and annuals; Manuscripts; and Songs;

Music which includes a guide to composers who set Opie's lyrics, sample scores, and an interdisciplinary recording project featuring performances of 10 songs;


Bibliography, which gives an integrated list of Opie's works, as well as a guide to both early and recent scholarship.

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Life Portraits Works Music Bibliography

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