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Standard Name: Leapor, Mary
Birth Name: Mary Leapor
Pseudonym: A Gardener's Daughter
The poetry of the labouring-class(who died before she was thirty) remakes standard Augustan conventions from an outsider's point of view. This poetry would be important for its sheer literary quality even apart from the rarity of its gender and class position. She also wrote a completed tragedy and part of another, and letters which evaluate her own situation with remarkable perception.
Leapor, Mary. “Introduction”. Poems, edited by Ann Messenger and Richard Greene, 2003.
Leapor, Mary. Poems upon Several Occasions. J. Roberts, 1751.