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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, eighteenth-century woman of letters, identified herself as a writer, "a sister of the quill" Bibliographic Citation link. haunted by the daemon of poetry. She wrote poems, essays, letters (including the letters from Europe and Turkey which she later recast as a highly successful travel book), fiction (including adult fairy-tale, oriental tale, and full-length mock romance), satire, a diary, a play, a political periodical, and a history of her own times. Not all of these survive. Best known in her lifetime for her poetry, she is today still best known for her letters. Bibliographic Citation link.
Before 26 May 1689 Mary Pierrepont (later LMWM) was born in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
1703-1705 The teenage Lady Mary Pierrepont (later LMWM) served a poetic and literary apprenticeship, evidenced in two surviving volumes of prose and verse. Bibliographic Citation link.
3 August 1716-1 November 1718 LMWM dated the edited letters making up her manuscript travel book about Europe, Turkey, and the Mediterranean: her "Embassy Letters". Bibliographic Citation link.
May 1758-2 July 1762 LMWM wrote the letters in her last surviving important correspondence: with Sir James and Lady Frances Steuart. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 August 1762 LMWM died of breast cancer in Great George Street, Hanover Square, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
7 May 1763 Making posthumous and unauthorised use of her name, Becket and De Hondt published LMWM's "Embassy Letters" as Letters . . . written during her travels. Bibliographic Citation link.
1818 LMWM's letters to Sir James and Lady Frances Steuart were printed as Original Letters, at Greenock in Scotland.
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