Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Miller, Anna,, Lady
Birth Name: Anna Riggs
Used Form: Anne Riggs
Used Form: Anna Riggs-Miller
Pseudonym: An English Woman
Indexed Name: Lady Anna Riggs Miller
Anna, Lady Miller, is best-known as a patron of poetry during the later eighteenth century. She published a travel book, and a serial collection of the poems entered for the performance-oriented contests at which she presided (including poems of her own).
's eldest child, her daughter Barbara
, remained unmarried. She developed her literary ability in poetry as well as in familiar letters, and in 1776 won a prize for poems submitted to Lady Miller
Nine years later her meeting with the provincial literary hostess Anne, Lady Miller
, marked the beginning of a wide and deep acquaintance with the literary world beyond Lichfield.
Ashmun, Margaret. The Singing Swan. Yale University Press; H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1931.
She was on terms...
Henrietta Maria Bowdler
, as more kind and gentle, to her sister Frances Bowdler. Burney amusingly records a visit by herself, HMB and others, to Lady Miller
of Batheaston on 8 June 1780, when...
's death, her children Barbara and Robert Augustus (born 1745) became intimates of the Bath poetry circle of Anne, Lady Miller
Whyman, Susan E. The Pen and the People: English Letter Writers 1660-1800. Oxford University Press, 2009.
201, 207, 210
When these two settled at Batheaston, they became part of a circle of women that included friends they had already made: Sarah Fielding, Elizabeth Cutts
, Margaret Riggs
(whose daughter was to continue the...
Intertextuality and Influence
The Mitchell Library
in Sydney holds a manuscript album of ED
's poems entitled The Vase comprising Songs for Music and Poems . . . 1814-1866, whose title sounds like an allusion to the...
Leisure and Society
Eleanor Anne Porden
was an active participant in the literary society of London. She recited her own poems to guests at the Royal Institution
, and she ran a literary society called The Attic Chest...
The title-page of this initially three-volume work calls the authors the Miss Minifies of Fairwater in Somersetshire—thus linking their identity with their rank.
Gunning, Susannah, and Margaret Minifie. The Histories of Lady Frances S—,— and Lady Caroline S——. R. and J. Dodsley, 1763.
The title echoes Les Veillées du Chateau by Genlis
, transposed for middle-class rather than upper-class children.
McCarthy, William. Anna Letitia Barbauld, Voice of the Enlightenment. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
A framing narrative tells how the parents of a large family solicit fables, dialogues, and so on...
Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan
In the society that Morgan depicts, the Irish Catholic gentry are mostly absent, scattered in European exile. The peasantry, dirt-poor but generous-hearted, include Tim O'Leary, schoolmaster of a hedge school, scholar and expert in Irish...
, by now known as a published poet, printed through Robinson
a Poem to the Memory of Lady Millar
[sic], who had died the previous June after offering her early encouragement.
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
53 (1782): 230
It was small but handsome. Thomas Stothard
did two of the illustrations. His design for sonnet 12 (Written on the Sea Shore.—October 1784—the month in which she crossed the Channel with her children...
Anna Jane Vardill
was the second most prolific contributor (after Porden herself) to Eleanor Anne Porden
's Attic Chest during the years of its flourishing, 1808-15. Porden followed the model of Anna, Lady Miller
's Batheaston Vase...