Lady Mary Wroth
Standard Name: Wroth, Lady Mary
Birth Name: Mary Sidney
Styled: Lady Mary Sidney
Married Name: Lady Mary Wroth
LMW achieved two firsts with a single publication in 1621: the first full-length fiction (a prose romance) to be written in English by a woman and the first sonnet sequence in English by a woman (discounting the less than certain ascription of a sonnet sequence based on Psalm 51 to Anne Locke ). Outside this landmark publication, she is known to have written other poems, a play, and surviving letters.
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|death||Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke||
She is buried in the choir of Salisbury Cathedral, under the steps to the high altar.
Her niece and god-daughter Lady Mary Wroth , had published her Urania just two months earlier, but her...
|Family and Intimate relationships||Dorothy Sidney, Countess of Sunderland|
|Family and Intimate relationships||Henrietta Euphemia Tindal||
HET extensively researched her own genealogy. Among the families from which she established that she was the sole representative
was that of the husband of the poet Lady Mary Wroth (who, however, herself left...
Tindal, Henrietta Euphemia. Rhymes and Legends. Richard Bentley and Son, 1879.
|Family and Intimate relationships||W. H. Auden|
|Family and Intimate relationships||Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke||
Her niece Lady Mary Wroth , an important writer, has only recently been accorded the fame she merits.
|Family and Intimate relationships||Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke|
|Friends, Associates||Frances Neville, Baroness Abergavenny|
|names||Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke||
There is no writer whose names are more problematic. For centuries she was traditionally known as the Countess of Pembroke (perhaps because this full form appears in the title of her brother's Arcadia) instead...
|Occupation||Lady Anne Clifford||
LAC performed (with Lady Mary Wroth ) in Ben Jonson 's Masque of Beauty.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
under Ben Jonson
Spence, Richard T. Lady Anne Clifford, Countess of Dorset, Pembroke and Montgomery. Sutton Publishing, 1997.
|Textual Features||Augusta Webster||
In these unsentimental poems AW revises the conventions of the sonnet sequence in rather the way that Lady Mary Wroth had done in 1621. She focuses on a love-object, here the daughter, Loverlike to me...
|Textual Features||Margaret Cavendish||
Her address to her husband rejoices that he has never bidden her to stop writing and work (that is do needlework) instead. In this connection she quotes from Lord Denny 's attempt to silence Lady Mary Wroth
|Textual Features||Antonia Fraser||
Fraser quotes here from Eliot 's tribute in Middlemarch to the silent influence of those who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.
She opens the book proper with a submerged...
Fraser, Antonia. The Weaker Vessel: Woman’s Lot in Seventeenth-Century England. Methuen, 1985.
|Textual Features||Lucy Hutchinson|