Correspondence of Anna Doyle Wheeler

Administrative / Biographical History

Wheeler [née Doyle], Anna (1785?–1848), philosopher, born in co. Tipperary, Ireland, was the daughter of Anna Dunbar and her husband, Nicholas Milley Doyle, a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and prebendary of Fennor parish in co. Tipperary

Living in Paris in 1823, Wheeler met Charles Fourier, the French utopian socialist and a frequent visitor to Wheeler's salon; she dedicated herself to disseminating Fourier's ideas among London Owenites. To Fourier most of Owen's disciples seemed like pedants beside the exuberantly eclectic Anna Wheeler; she translated Fourier's writings on human harmony to make his turgid philosophy accessible, while using her diplomatic skills to mediate competitive disputes between Fourier and Owen. She returned to England in 1826.

Wheeler's friends continued to try to arrange for her return to France before the 1848 revolution, but a crippling neuralgia forced her into seclusion. She died at 51 High Street, Camden Town, London, on 7 May 1848.

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