Susannah Dobson

Standard Name: Dobson, Susannah
Birth Name: Susannah Dawson
Married Name: Susannah Dobson
Pseudonym: The Translator of the Life of Petrarch (S.D.)
SD was a later eighteenth-century medieval scholar, translator, and populariser of historical knowledge.


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Birth Petrarch
Susannah Dobson 's The Life of Petrarch, 1775, pertinently observes that at this time Italy was rich and powerful, and superior to all others in the . . . improvements of art.
Sade, Jacques François Paul Aldonce de. The Life of Petrarch. Translator Dobson, Susannah, James Buckland.
Family and Intimate relationships Petrarch
The famous beloved, Laura, whom he celebrates in his poetry, has not been identified. He says that he first saw her in a church in Avignon during Holy Week, 1327;
Bergin, Thomas G. Petrarch. Twayne.
13, 42
she was probably...
Friends, Associates Charlotte Lennox
The legend that she had no female friends is further debunked by newly-discovered letters. She formed a close group with Lydia, Lady Clerke , Sylvia (Braithwaite) Thornton , and her fellow-writer Susannah Dobson . The...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Griffith
He describes her with a line from Donne 's Second Anniversary. EG 's range of reference here includes Rousseau , Milton , Frances Greville , and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu . Characters discuss and...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Scott
The poem, appropriately, is written in heroic couplets. Its opening boldly echoes Virgil only to distance itself from the project of the Aeneid: Arms and the men for deeds of arms renown'd ....
Occupation Petrarch
The acclaim that Petrarch won in his lifetime shifted smoothly into a high reputation after his death. The first English author to refer to him was Chaucer .
Nicholl, Charles. “On the Sixth Day”. London Review of Books, Vol.
, No. 3, pp. 23-6.
He was a vital inspiration to...
Textual Features Clara Reeve
CR demonstrates the widest possible reading: from Homer , Virgil and Horace (all revered) and Juvenal and Persius (used to prove that not all classical authors are admirable) through the heroic romances like those of...
Textual Production Barbarina Brand, Baroness Dacre
Petrarch enjoyed great popularity in England at this time, in large part owing to the scholarly work of Susannah Dobson . Other poets channelled his voice (like Charlotte Smith, Anne Bannerman, Ann Yearsley, and Mary...


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Dobson, Susannah. A Dialogue on Friendship and Society. T. Becket, 1777.
Dobson, Susannah. Historical Anecdotes of Heraldry and Chivalry. Holl and Brandish, 1795.
Sainte-Palaye, Jean-Baptiste de La Curne de. Memoirs of Ancient Chivalry. Translator Dobson, Susannah, Dodsley, 1784.
Petrarch,. Petrarch’s View of Human Life. Translator Dobson, Susannah, J. Stockdale, 1791.
Sade, Jacques François Paul Aldonce de. The Life of Petrarch. Translator Dobson, Susannah, James Buckland, 1775.
Sainte-Palaye, Jean-Baptiste de La Curne de. The Literary History of the Troubadours. Translator Dobson, Susannah, Wilson, 1779.