Mary Collyer

Standard Name: Collyer, Mary
Birth Name: Mary Mitchell
Married Name: Mary Collyer
Pseudonym: The Author of the First Volume
Pseudonym: The Author of Felicia to Charlotte
Pseudonym: The Editor of the Death of Abel
Used Form: A Lady
Used Form: the translator of The Virtuous Orphan
MC wrote, it seems, at least two novels (her canon is still under debate), and translated and adapted the work of others as a matter of business. The sentimental tone of her original work, Felicia to Charlotte, 1744, perfectly caught the current taste, and made her a great success. She also wrote what is probably the earliest book of stories for children. Since all her publications were anonymous, they used often to be attributed to her husband.


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Intertextuality and Influence Ada Leverson
Of the stories, Claude's Aunt presents a tale (reminiscent of Restoration comedy) of women jockeying over the manipulation of a young man, either into an affair with an older woman or marriage with a young...
Textual Production Elizabeth Meeke
EM 's completion of Mary Collyer 's translation of Klopstock (The Messiah) appeared, bearing her name.
British Library Catalogue.
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Textual Production Mary Robinson
She told Jane Porter on 27 August 1800 that this translation (which she began and finished in ten days although she was seriously ill) was a torment to her.
Robinson, Mary. The Works of Mary Robinson. Brewer, William D.Editor , Pickering and Chatto, 2010.
She also intended (like Mary Collyer


Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock published Der Messias, a religiouspoem in three cantos.
January 1761
Joseph Collyer , husband of the writer Mary Collyer , published The Parents & Guardians Directory, and the Youth's Guide, in the Choice of a Profession or Trade.
James Harrison (hitherto chiefly known as a music publisher) began to issue the handsomely-produced Novelists' Magazine, a weekly serial reprinting of canonical novels.
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...