Elizabeth Freke

Standard Name: Freke, Elizabeth
Birth Name: Elizabeth Freke
Married Name: Elizabeth Freke
The early-eighteenth-century remembrances of EF were edited in 1913 as a diary, but are regarded by their latest editor as a heterogenous group of two commonplace-books and other papers, together making up a life-story dominated by the pattern of the inventory or stock-taking. These texts are a rich mine of material about EF 's material circumstances and tortured emotional relationships with her husband, son, and others. She began writing out of an autobiographical impulse. She was also, apparently, a poet of unusual skill and forcefulness for an amateur.


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Dedications Frances, Lady Norton
This volume, whose contents were never before Publish'd, was dedicated to Elizabeth Freke , who was Norton's sister and herself an extraordinary (unpublished) writer.
English Short Title Catalogue.
Freke had owned in 1711 7 new books of my deer...
Family and Intimate relationships Frances, Lady Norton
Frances, Lady Norton , bore her daughter and only surviving child, who was christened Grace ; the godmothers were Norton's sister Elizabeth Freke and her mother-in-law, who had re-married after her husband's death and was...
Family and Intimate relationships Frances, Lady Norton
Among FLN 's sisters, Elizabeth married a cousin (thereby keeping the same name on marriage), and made notes of her life that have been published in the twentieth and twenty-first century, first as her Diary...
Textual Features Barbara Hofland
Sophia begins by feeling much too much, but becomes exemplary. On her last page BH uses the word helpful
Feminist Companion Archive.
as a neologism, citing as authority for it Frances, Lady Norton (who published two works early...
Textual Production Anne Finch
One passage from a long Pindaric ode entitled All is Vanity (present in Finch's early octavo ms and in her printed collection) has broken loose and achieved a life of its own. Whereas the entire...


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