Janet Little

Standard Name: Little, Janet
Birth Name: Janet Little
Nickname: The Scotch Milkmaid
JL , an eighteenth-century Scottish proletarian poet, was fully aware of the obstacles placed in her way by her gender, class, and nationality. She freely admits the audacity of writing poetry from her class and gender position, but always with spirit, not submissiveness.


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Family and Intimate relationships Robert Burns
Burns was regularly engaged with at least one woman or another from his teenage years onwards. A number of his notorious love-affairs and sentimental friendships had for object women who wrote. His relationships with poet...
Family and Intimate relationships Doreen Wallace
DW was proud of her forebears, who included not only the Scottish national hero William Wallace but also Frances Dunlop (friend of Robert Burns and patron of the labouring-class poet Janet Little
Shepherd, June. Doreen Wallace, 1897-1989: Writer and Social Campaigner. Edwin Mellen Press.
Family and Intimate relationships Eglinton Wallace
EW 's mother-in-law was Frances Anna Dunlop (born Wallace), patron of the labouring-class poet Janet Little and (more famously) of Robert Burns . Sir Thomas Wallace (born Dunlop) was her eldest son.
“The Burns Encyclopedia”. Burns Country.
It is not...
Textual Features Anne Grant
AG 's Introductory Verses, addressed to dead and living friends, begin: Go, artless records of a life obscure, and liken herself to the nightingale singing with a thorn in her breast.
Grant, Anne. Poems on Various Subjects. Printed for the Author by J. Moir.
The poems...
Textual Production Anne Grant
Textual Production Ellen Johnston
Her work garnered considerable response, including many poems of praise and compliment which were printed alongside her own in her later collection. These ranged from a verse proposal of marriage to a poetic tribute asserting...


1764: German labouring-class poet Anna Luise Karsch...

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German labouring-class poet Anna Luise Karsch first reached print with four separate publications at Berlin, most importantly a collection, Auserlesene Gedichte (edited for publication by J. G. Sulzer ).


Little, Janet. The Poetical Works of Janet Little, the Scotch Milkmaid. J. and P. Wilson, 1792.