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Standard Name: Leapor, Mary
Birth Name: Mary Leapor
Pseudonym: A Gardener's Daughter
The poetry of the labouring-class ML (who died before she was thirty) remakes standard Augustan conventions from an outsider's point of view. This poetry would be important for its sheer literary quality even apart from the rarity of its gender and class position. She also wrote a completed tragedy and part of another, and letters which evaluate her own situation with remarkable perception.
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|Friends, Associates||Elizabeth Carter|
|Friends, Associates||Elizabeth Montagu|
|Literary responses||Mary Jones||
Catherine Talbot found Holt Waters and A Letter to Doctor Pitt indelicate and was surprised that Carter liked MJ 's poetry.
The collection was warmly praised by Ralph Griffiths in the Monthly Review:...
Kennedy, Deborah. Poetic Sisters. Early Eighteenth-Century Women Poets. Bucknell University Press, 2013.
|Occupation||Frances Seymour, Countess of Hertford|
They believed that women could think and write in freedom only outside relationships with men. Although Mary Astell 's writing influenced them, they insisted that women must be involved in society and not withdraw into...
|Textual Features||Ann Candler|
|Textual Features||Dorothea Du Bois|
|Textual Features||Martha Fowke||
Her poems here include Clio's Picture, where she presents herself as erotically attractive but not as conventionally beautiful, largely because she is not fair but dark. (Mary Leapor was to do something similar...
|Textual Features||Mary Russell Mitford||
MRM has no patience with Laetitia-Matilda Hawkins 's The Countess and Gertrude or with Byron 's Childe Harold.
She despises Stéphanie-Félicité de Genlis as a delightful mixture of cant and affectation...
Mitford, Mary Russell. The Life of Mary Russell Mitford: Told by Herself in Letters To Her Friends. L’Estrange, Alfred Guy KinghamEditor , Harper and Brothers, 1870.
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|Textual Features||Isabella Whitney||
In A Communication to London she mentions her unrequited fondness for the city. (As she had assumed the role of jilted woman she here assumes the role of the woman whose maltreatment by her love-object...
|Theme or Topic Treated in Text||Mary Seymour Montague|
January 1781-December 1782
The Lady's Poetical Magazine, or Beauties of British Poetry appeared, published by James Harrison in four half-yearly numbers; it is arguable whether or not it kept the first number's promise of generous selections of work...