Author: Ann Farrant
From the publisher's blurb: a comprehensive and award winning biography of Amelia Opie, poet and novelist (1769 -1853) - the first since 1937. Her long and interesting life deserves to be retold, with the inclusion of hitherto unpublished material from archive and private sources. Flirtatious and lively, she moved easily in literary and artistic circles, had many high society friends and was greatly influenced by, and involved with, the Gurneys of Earlham - whose good works included the prison reforms of Elizabeth Fry (nee Gurney) and the anti-slavery campaign of Thomas Fowell Buxton. Under the influence of Joseph Gurney, incomprehensible to her admirers, she became a Quaker at the age of 55.