Stephen Duck

Standard Name: Duck, Stephen


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Dedications Mary Jones
This volume was dedicated to the Princess of Orange : Anne, daughter of George II and the late Queen Caroline . The princess's mother had been a patron of MJ 's friend Martha Lovelace, later...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Chandler
She dedicated it to her doctor brother John , saying it was you first gave me Courage to appear abroad
Shuttleton, David. “’All Passion Extinguish’d’: The Case of Mary Chandler, 1687-1745”. Women’s Poetry in the Enlightenment: The Making of a Canon, 1730-1820, edited by Isobel Armstrong and Virginia Blain, St Martin’s Press, pp. 33-49.
that is, to appear in print before the public. She said it was...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Collier
MC shows herself perfectly at home with the heroic couplet form, with classical allusions, and other standard imagery. But her political attitudes—her unapologetic stance, her decisive self-identification with others of her oppressed gender and rank—are...
Occupation Elizabeth Elstob
The duchess was the only child of Edward Harley (later Lord Oxford), whose manuscript collection EE had used in her youth. It was Mary Pendarves, later Delany , who arranged this, as the only post...
Occupation Frances Seymour, Countess of Hertford
Among writers who received Lady Hertford's patronage were Elizabeth Singer Rowe , Elizabeth Boyd , Elizabeth Carter , Mary Chandler , Isaac Watts , Laurence Eusden (for whom she set topics of occasional poems), James Thomson
Publishing Mary Leapor
The arrangements for publication had not been entirely smooth sailing. ML was insulted when Freemantle predicted that the book might make her £10.
Rizzo, Betty. “Molly Leapor: An Anxiety for Influence”. The Age of Johnson, edited by Paul J. Korshin, Vol.
, pp. 313-43.
Freemantle was nevertheless instrumental in persuading her to publish and in...
Publishing Mary Collier
Another edition, published at Petersfield with no date given, bore the title The Poems of Mary Collier, The Washerwoman of Petersfield; to which is prefix'd her Life, Drawn by Herself, A New Edition. Though...
Textual Features Mary Collier
The other contents of her Poems are in their way as remarkable as The Woman's Labour. She versifies both a Spectator essay (number 375) and passages from the Bible. Of these, Three Wise...
Textual Features Robert Southey
Against the trend of the times, RS aimed for historical interest rather than literary canonicity, compiling in his Specimens of the Later English Poets a collection of representative voices rather than a garland: The taste...
Textual Production Ann Yearsley
The controversy around this publication has ensured that it remains AY 's most famous publication. More's revisions to Yearsley's manuscripts laid an important foundation stone for their subsequent quarrel. Since More then destroyed the manuscripts...
Textual Production Mary Collier
MC published her georgic poem The Woman's Labour: An Epistle to Mr Stephen Duck, as Mary Collier, now a washer-woman, at Petersfield in Hampshire.
Bibliographer David Foxon gives the month of publication as...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Catharine Trotter
The poem praises the queen's protégé Stephen Duck (who had been appointed librarian and keeper of the hermitage in 1735), as [b]y art unaided, and by want depress'd: just the situation of a typical...


By 11 September 1730: Stephen Duck published The Thresher's Labour,...

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By 11 September 1730

Stephen Duck published The Thresher's Labour, a georgicpoem that was unique as an account of labour by a labouring man.

Late September 1730: The death of Laurence Eusden activated interest...

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Late September 1730

The death of Laurence Eusden activated interest in the question of who would be next Poet Laureate; many despised both leading candidates, Stephen Duck and Colley Cibber .

By 2 April 1756: Stephen Duck, the poet and former farm labourer...

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By 2 April 1756

Stephen Duck , the poet and former farm labourer who had been taken up by patrons including Queen Caroline and supplied with a living as a clergyman, drowned himself in the trout stream behind the...


Ferguson, Moira et al. “Introduction”. The Thresher’s Labour and The Woman’s Labour, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, 1985, p. iii - xii.
Collier, Mary et al. “The Woman’s Labour”. The Thresher’s Labour and The Woman’s Labour, edited by Edward Palmer Thompson et al., Merlin, 1989.