Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Wharton, Anne
Birth Name: Anne Lee
Married Name: Anne Wharton
was a late-seventeenth-century poet who also wrote verse drama. Her recent editors identified with some certainty twenty-four of her poems; their hope, realised within a few years of their edition, was that this tiny fraction of her original output would be augmented with new discoveries.
Wharton, Anne. “Introduction”. The Surviving Works of Anne Wharton, edited by Germaine Greer and Selina Hastings, Stump Cross Books, 1997, pp. 1 - 124.
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The poet Anne Wharton
was Rochester's niece, daughter of one of his older half-brothers.
Family and Intimate relationships
Her father, Robert Squire
, from a royalist Yorkshire family, was a lawyer who owned property including valuable lead and alum mines. In 1702-4 he conducted a lawsuit over ownership of some lead mines with...
Intertextuality and Influence
Begun in order to help the work of a female student, this work reiterates more strongly EE
's plea for opening the arena of scholarship to women. For examples of poetic practice she turns to...
Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger
writes in terms of a women's tradition: for instance, she praises Barbauld
for praising Elizabeth Rowe
. She makes confident judgements and attributions (she is sure that Lady Pakington
is the real author of...
The printed edition has a preface which repudiates Lucretius, whose work in the original the translator now believes to be harmful to its readers. With the five reprinted cantos David Norbrook
prints fifteen more, which...
This brought her into a verse exchange with Anne Wharton
: Wharton complimented her work and Behn replied with To Mrs. W. On her Excellent Verses (writ in praise of some I had made on...
After James II
had fled the country in 1688, AB
received a flattering invitation from Gilbert Burnet
(who in 1682 had tried to divide her from Anne Wharton
on moral grounds) to welcome the new...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text
Judith Sargent Murray
She backs this pleasure in modernity with a remarkable grasp of former female history and of the women's literary tradition in English and its contexts. She mentions the Greek foremother Sappho
, the patriotic heroism...