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1812 Temper; or, Domestic Scenes

In 1812 Opie published her fourth novel. The book takes its title from The Triumphs of Temper, a poem by William Hayley which Opie had read as a child with her mother. Her compliment in quoting from the text was repaid when Hayley published a new edition of the poem later that year including lines in praise of "the graceful Opie," and the two writers became friends and correspondents. The novel itself strikes a didactic tone, demonstrating the dangerous consequences when parents do not discipline the temper of their children. Reviews of the novel were generally positive, if a bit lukewarm, though The European Magazine published a poem in its praise ["Impromptu on reading Mrs. Opie's admirable work, 'Temper'" LXXXII (1822): 495] and private correspondents assured her of the beneficial effects of its moral lessons.

Editions

Temper; or, Domestic Scenes; A Tale in 3 Volumes. 3 vols. London:
            Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1812.

-----. 2nd ed. 3 vols. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1812.

-----. 3rd ed. 3 vols. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1813.

Reviews

British Critic, 39 (1812): 526.

Country Magazine, 1 (Jan. 1813): 23-31.

The Critical Review, series 4, 1 (June 1812): 621-6.

Gentleman's Magazine, 82, 2 (Nov. 1812): 463-4.

Monthly Review, ns, 68 (June 1812): 217.

The Scotish Review (Edinburgh Monthly Review), 1 (Sept. 1812): 197-216.

 

   
 
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