Standard Name: Philips, Katherine
Birth Name: Katherine Fowler
Married Name: Katherine Philips
Pseudonym: The Incomparable Mrs K. P.
KP , who wrote during the mid seventeenth century, may herself have valued her public more highly than her private ones. But she won lasting importance as a poet of passionate female friendship and as realising new possibilites in translation and drama. She was an acceptable role-model and an active inspiration and enabler for women writers of several generations, before her rediscovery in the twentieth century as an inspiration for women loving women.
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|Education||Sarah, Lady Cowper||
Nothing is known of SLC 's education, but it must have been both religious and relatively advanced, to account for her wide and intellectually intense reading as an adult in history, philosophy, and theology.
Kugler, Anne. Errant Plagiary: The Life and Writing of Lady Sarah Cowper, 1644-1720. Stanford University Press, 2002.
|Family and Intimate relationships||Anne Wharton||
AW 's father, Sir Henry Lee of Ditchley Park, about four miles from Woodstock, Oxfordshire, died of smallpox before she was born. His family had connections with Elizabeth Cary (Lady Falkland) , Lucy Hutchinson , and Katherine Philips .
Wharton, Anne. “Introduction”. The Surviving Works of Anne Wharton, edited by Germaine Greer and Selina Hastings, Stump Cross Books, 1997, pp. 1 - 124.
|Friends, Associates||Lady Rachel Russell|
|Friends, Associates||Elizabeth Thomas||
She was a...
Mills, Rebecca. "Thanks for that Elegant Defense": Polemical Prose and Poetry by Women in the Early Eighteenth Century. Oxford University, 2000.
|Friends, Associates||Dorothy Osborne|
|Intertextuality and Influence||Catharine Trotter|
|Intertextuality and Influence||Constantia Grierson||
This poem is feeling and artless. Ah Lovly harmless shade Couldst thou but see / How much thy wretched mother mourns for thee. The closing couplet strongly suggests the end of Katherine Philips 's On...
|Intertextuality and Influence||Elizabeth Carter||
Carter's poem To Miss Lynch claims (not for the only time) Katherine Philips as the model for her own writing. Philips's spotless verse with genuine force exprest / The brightest passion of the human breast...
|Intertextuality and Influence||Laetitia Pilkington|
|Intertextuality and Influence||Anne Wharton|
|Intertextuality and Influence||Sarah, Lady Cowper||
SLC 's range of reference is apparently huge: to trace through these volumes the influences on her thinking would take long-term, focussed scholarly endeavour. She transcribed a couplet and elsewhere a complete poem by Mrs...
|Intertextuality and Influence||Delarivier Manley||
The Lost Lover is remembered for its satirised learned lady, Orinda (whose role, however, is slight). This Orinda has been interpreted (probably wrongly) as a portrait of Katherine Philips , who had been famous under...
|Intertextuality and Influence||Elizabeth Singer Rowe||
Rowe's early letters to Mrs Thynne, full of gossippy entertainment and anecdotal brilliance,
also take pains to create an ideal of female friendship, enforced with quotations from the poetry of Katherine Philips ....
Bigold, Melanie. “Elizabeth Rowe’s Fictional and Familiar Letters: Exemplarity, Enthusiasm, and the Production of Posthumous Meaning”. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, No. 1, pp. 1 - 14.
|Intertextuality and Influence||Sappho|
|Intertextuality and Influence||Ariadne||
Ariadne says she is a young lady, who has had an Inclination . . . for Scribling from my Childhood.
Her preface invokes both Behn and Philips . The play was published in 1696. In...
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.