Lady Sydney Morgan


Novelist and socialite Lady Morgan (nee Owenson), a devotee of Madame de Staël, wrote two books about France and a further two about Italy.

She was unusual among women authors for the amount of malicious criticism which she attracted. However, a measure of her success is the grant to her of a civil-list pension of £300 per year ‘in acknowledgement of the services rendered by her in the world of letters’, the first such pension ever given to a woman. (Next)