Elizabeth Helme

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Elizabeth Helme (died c. 1814) was an English novelist and translator of the 18th century.

She was born in County Durham, but her maiden name is not known. The family moved to London, where she met William Helme, who became her husband. They had five children. One of their daughters, Elizabeth Somerville, was also a novelist. Elizabeth Helme is also known to have worked as a teacher, and her translations included two children's plays by Johann Heinrich Campe, Cortez (1799) and Pizarro (1800).



  • Louisa; or the Cottage on the Moor (1787)
  • The Farmer of Inglewood Forest (1796)
  • Duncan and Peggy; a Scottish Tale (1794)
  • Albert, or The Wilds of Strathnavern (1799)
  • St Margaret's Cave: or, The Nun's Story. An Ancient Legend (1801)
  • St Clair of the Isles (1803)
  • The Pilgrim of the Cross, or Chronicles of Christabelle de Mowbray (1805)
  • Maternal Instruction or Family Conversations on Moral and Entertaining Subjects (1807)
  • Columbus; or, The discovery of America, as related by a father to his child (translated from the German original by Campe) (1811)
  • Magdalen, or The Penitent of Godstow'' (1812)
  • Modern Times (1814) (published posthumously)

Other works[edit]

  • Travels from the Cape of Good-Hope (1790)
  • Instructive rambles in London (1798)
  • The History of Scotland (1806)

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