Charlotte Turner Smith (1749-1806) was an English poet and novelist whose works have been credited with influencing Jane Austen and particularly Charles Dickens. As a poet, she is a Romantic; as a novelist, she falls into no particular pigeon-hole, but is in some respects Gothic. Smith is also very much interested in social conditions (the influence on Dickens is clear here) and in politics -- specifically the French Revolution.
Born into a well-to-do family, Charlotte Turner Smith was brough..
All was wild, solitary and gloomy; the low murmur of the water formed a sort of accompaniment to the cries of the sand-piper, the puffin-awk; while the screaming gull, and the hoarse and heavy cormorant were heard, at intervals, still louder.