Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, eighteenth-century woman of letters, identified herself as a writer, "a sister of the quill" 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.
Before 26 May 1689 Mary Pierrepont (later LMWM) was born in London.
1703-1705 The teenage Lady Mary Pierrepont (later LMWM) served a poetic and literary apprenticeship, evidenced in two surviving volumes of prose and verse.