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Judith Cowper Madan (formerly Judith Cowper), like almost all of her relations, was a frequent writer of occasional poetry. Most of her surviving poems, and all the major ones, date from about 1720-8, that is from either before or not long after her marriage. She writes in some ambitious forms (a survey of world poetry, an Ovidian epistle, erotic love-poetry), and shows herself sensitive to gender issues, but even in satire she voices only the most muted rebellion, showing herself "happiest and most fluent in celebration and deference." Bibliographic Citation link.
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26 August 1702 Judith Cowper (later JCM) was born, probably at her father's estate of Hertingfordbury Park in Hertfordshire, the only girl in a family of five. Bibliographic Citation link.
1717 Judith Cowper (later Madan) dated a juvenile poem of compliment, "written in Mr Waller's Poems": six heroic couplets, which her daughter Maria later transcribed into a notebook. Bibliographic Citation link.
9 September 1727 "Abelard to Eloisa", an epistolary reply written in 1720 by Judith Cowper (who by now was Judith Madan) to Pope's "Eloisa to Abelard", was published in William Pattison's posthumous works. Bibliographic Citation link.    scholarly note link.
7 December 1781 JCM died after twenty-five years as a widow, at her London home in Stafford Row (which is now part of Buckingham Gate). Bibliographic Citation link.
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