Mary Latter

Standard Name: Latter, Mary
Birth Name: Mary Latter
Self-constructed Name: Mrs Latter
ML , a mid-eighteenth-century woman living in the provinces, made no secret of writing for money. She is obsessive and wordy in style, interesting mainly for her dogged and persistent struggle to succeed. Her characteristic indignation springs partly from the influence of the Augustan satirists, partly from circumstances of her own life. She wrote and published in many genres: tragedy, translation and adaptation (now lost), satirical dialogue, essays and letters (both personal, critical, and political), and spoofs of all kinds, often burlesquing the very style she is writing. Though she mentions discrimination against her as a woman, she inclines towards anti-feminism herself.


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Literary responses Mary Jones
Catherine Talbot found Holt Waters and A Letter to Doctor Pitt indelicate and was surprised that Carter liked MJ 's poetry.
Kennedy, Deborah. Poetic Sisters. Early Eighteenth-Century Women Poets. Bucknell University Press.
The collection was warmly praised by Ralph Griffiths in the Monthly Review:...
Textual Production Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore
She began writing this work, which she subtitled A Dramatic Poem, in Five Acts, five years earlier; even after its printing it remained unproduced.
Arnold, Ralph. The Unhappy Countess and her Grandson John Bowes. Constable.
The same title had been used for a tragedy...


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Latter, Mary. A Lyric Ode. C. Bathurst, 1763.
Latter, Mary. A Miscellaneous Poetical Essay. W. Sandby, 1761.
Latter, Mary. Liberty and Interest. James Fletcher, 1764.
Latter, Mary. Pro & Con. T. Lowndes, 1771.
Latter, Mary. The Miscellaneous Works, in Prose and Verse. C. Pocock, 1759.
Latter, Mary. The Siege of Jerusalem, by Titus Vespasian. C. Bathurst, 1763.