The Lady and The Novel

Beats thy quick pulse o'er Inchbald's thrilling leaf, Brunton's high moral, Opies's deep wrought grief? Has the mild chaperon claimed thy yielding heart, Caroll's dark page, Trevelyan's gentle art? Or is it thou, all perfect Austen? Here Let one poor wreath adorn thy early bier That scarce allowed thy youth to claim Its living portion of thy certain fame Oh! Mrs. Bennet! Mrs. Norris too! While memory survives we'll dream of you. And Mr. Woodhouse, whose abstemious lip Must thin, but not too thin, his gruel sip. Miss Bates, our idol, though the village bore; And Mrs. Elton, ardent to explore. While the clear style flows on without pretence, With unstained purity, and unmatched sense. Or, if a sister e'er approached the throne, She called the rich `inheritance' her own.     Published in 1835 by George Howard, Earl of Carlisle. The names mentioned in the first few lines were female novelists of the era (Mrs. Inchbald was responsible for the translation of Lovers' Vows, the play referred to inMansfield Park, Mary Brunton for the 1811 novel Self-Control, roundly criticized by Jane Austen in her letter of October 11th 1813;). George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle KG PC (17 September 1773 – 7 October 1848) was an English statesman. He was the eldest son of Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle and his wife Margaret Caroline Leveson-Gower. Margaret was a daughter of Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford and his wife Louisa Leveson-Gower, Countess Gower. Louisa was in turn daughter of Scroop Egerton, 1st Duke of Bridgewater. Howard was First Commissioner of Woods and Forests and later Lord Privy Seal in the Tory governments of George Canning and Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich. He split with the Tories over reform and was later Lord Privy Seal in the government of Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1834). He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1837 and died in 1848. He married Lady Georgiana Cavendish (1783–1858), here pictured as an infant, daughter of William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire and Lady Georgiana Spencer. They were parents to twelve children. Enjoyed this article? Browse our book shop at

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