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|Author||Charlotte Turner Smith|
Unlike her previous and subsequent novels, Smith used Desmond to introduce her audiences to contemporary politics. While critics initially supported this element of Desmond, the radicalism of the French Revolution and the "conservative mood among her audience" prompted Smith to "tone down" the political references in her novels.
- Smith, Charlotte. Desmond. Edited by Antje Blank and Janet Todd. Orchard Park, New York: Broadview Literary Books, 2001: 16-17.