Elizabeth Singer Rowe entry: Overview screen.
Writing and Life
Works By
Elizabeth Singer Rowe wrote witty, topical, satirical poetry during the 1690s, followed later in life by letters, essays, fiction (often epistolary), and a wide range of poetic modes, often though not invariably with a moral or religious emphasis. Her reputation as a moral and devotional writer during her lifetime and for some time afterwards stood extremely high. Current critical debate is establishing the element of proto-feminist or amatory fiction (what Paula Backscheider calls experimental, subversive, and transgressive) in her prose against the didactic-devotional element. Bibliographic Citation link.
11 September 1674 Elizabeth Singer (later ESR) was born at Ilchester in Somerset. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 October 1693-7 January 1696 Elizabeth Singer (later ESR), as 'Philomela', published poems in John Dunton's The Athenian Mercury (formerly The Athenian Gazette). Bibliographic Citation link.
16 January 1728 ESR anonymously published her Friendship in Death, in Twenty Letters from the Dead to the Living. Bibliographic Citation link.
20 February 1737 ESR died of a stroke at Frome in Somerset, "in the act of devotion," Bibliographic Citation link. in the small hours of the morning. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 8 March 1739 ESR's brother-in-law Theophilus Rowe edited and published her posthumous Miscellaneous Works in Prose and Verse (for which he finished the memoir begun by Henry Grove). Bibliographic Citation link.
Back to Top