Research Programs: Awards for Faculty

Period of Performance

8/1/2011 - 7/31/2012

Funding Totals

$50,400.00 (approved)
$50,400.00 (awarded)

Charlotte Lennox: A Powerful Mind

FAIN: HB-50086-11

Susan Carlile
CSU, Long Beach (Long Beach, CA 90840-0004)

Charlotte Lennox: A Powerful Mind is a critical biography of a mid-eighteenth-century London author who in her seventeen works, including novels, plays, translations, a critical work on Shakespeare, and a women’s periodical, was at the cutting edge of debates about literature and gender during the Enlightenment. Unlike earlier writing about her life, this biography takes Lennox’s skill as a writer as its focal point. Also earlier biographers did not have the benefit of a cache of seventy-two letters, which brings to light Lennox’s skill as a marketer of her works. Through my extensive research and close reading, it has become clear that Lennox’s primary goal was to foster female intelligence. I have written and published on Lennox for twenty years and during this fellowship I will be able to complete this biography by finishing two chapters, writing the last one, and polishing the entire manuscript to submit to publishers.

Media Coverage

Rediscovering Charlotte Lennox Min Wild on the eighteenth-century novelist, critic and translator filled with self-confidence (Review)
Author(s): Min Wild
Publication: Times Literary Supplement
Date: 8/22/2018
Abstract: Lead book review

Associated Products

Charlotte Lennox: An Independent Mind (Book)
Title: Charlotte Lennox: An Independent Mind
Author: Susan Carlile
Abstract: Critical biography of Lennox that focuses on her role as the central figure in the professionalization of authorship in England.
Year: 2018
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9781442648487
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes