Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Standard Name: Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley
Birth Name: Mary Pierrepont
Styled: Lady Mary Pierrepont
Nickname: Flavia
Nickname: Sappho
Married Name: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Indexed Name: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Pseudonym: Strephon
Pseudonym: Clarinda
Pseudonym: A Turkey Merchant
LMWM , eighteenth-century woman of letters, identified herself as a writer, a sister of the quill
Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley. The Complete Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Halsband, RobertEditor , Clarendon Press, 1967.
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haunted by the daemon of poetry. She wrote poems, essays, letters (including the letters from Europe and Turkey which she later recast as a highly successful travel book), fiction (including adult fairy-tale, oriental tale, and full-length mock romance), satire, a diary, a play, a political periodical, and a history of her own times. Not all of these survive. Best known in her lifetime for her poetry, she is today still best known for her letters.
Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley. The Complete Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Halsband, RobertEditor , Clarendon Press, 1967.
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Photo of a full-length painting of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu by Jonathan Richardson recording her time in Turkey. She stands outdoors, with famous buildings of Constantinople (Istanbul) visible beyond. She is dressed in gold: a caftan whose deep V-neck and open skirt reveal a lace shift and long harem drawers. She also wears a gold cap which she calls a talpock on her dark hair, a blue cloak edged with ermine, pearl drop earrings, and pointed slippers. The presence of the young Black boy behind her is start
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Occupation Edmund Curll
Commentators seem unanimously to have believed Pope 's pamphlet claim that he dosed Curll with an emetic to punish him for illicitly publishing Court Poems on 26 March 1716—though since Pope also claimed to have...
Occupation Charlotte Lennox
The fourteen-year-old Charlotte Ramsay apparently became Lady Isabella 's paid companion. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu later felt that her fictionalization of Lady Isabella showed extreme ingratitude.
Dalziel, Margaret, and Duncan Isles, editors. “Introduction, Chronology, and Appendix”. The Female Quixote, Oxford University Press, 1970.
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Occupation Catherine Hutton
As well as collecting illustrations of costume, CH was an early collector of autographs. (She began both these collections at a young age, but presumably had to start again from scratch after her losses in...
Occupation George Gordon, sixth Baron Byron
In Venice he discovered surviving letters from Lady Mary Wortley Montagu to Francesco Algarotti , and wrote to his publisher, John Murray , about getting them into print. Murray, however, did not respond.
Winch, Alison. “Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Byronic Hero”. Pride and Prejudices: Women’s Writing of the Long Eighteenth Century.
Occupation John Dryden
By this time Dryden's two careers as writer and dramatist were well launched. The first depended on his ability to please the Stuart court, and the second on his ability to please a theatre audience...
Other Life Event Grisell Murray
This scandal was at once reported in the newspapers, with salacious jokes and verses.
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During the highly publicised court trials, Grisell claimed that Arthur had burst into her room with a pistol and...
politics Mary Delany
Their object was to embarrass Sir Robert Walpole 's government, which had closed the visitors' gallery for a crucial debate over going to war with Spain. They besieged the gallery until admitted, then barracked the...
Publishing Judith Cowper Madan
Pattison died of smallpox in July this year, aged about twenty-one.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Subscribers to his posthumous poems included Pope , Lady Hertford , Lady Mary Wortley Montagu , Laurence Eusden , Matthew Concanen , and Anthony Hammond
Publishing Isabella Kelly
Publishing Margaret Oliphant
MO published in Blackwoods her Historical Sketches of the Reign of George II, whose subjects include Queen Caroline (his wife) and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu .
Jay, Elisabeth. Mrs Oliphant: "A Fiction to Herself": A Literary Life. Clarendon Press, 1995.
Publishing Elizabeth Robins
ER published her first short story, A Lucky Sixpence, anonymously in the New Review in January 1894. Other stories and articles followed, notably A Modern Woman Born 1689, a review-essay on the letters...
Publishing Sarah Fielding
She described herself as the Author of David Simple on the title-page of this and of all her subsequent fictional works. She did not put her name on a title-page until her last book. This...
Publishing Mary Davys
MD 's Accomplish'd Rake was reprinted by Francis Noble , circulating-library owner, a specialist in popular fiction and in reprints.
Other names appeared in the imprint along with Noble's. This time exactly the copyright period...
Publishing Sarah Fielding
The work was dedicated to Lady Pomfret . Its 440 subscribers included many prominent people, reflecting the bluestockings' range of influence as well as SF 's local and family connections: Ralph Allen , Lord Chesterfield
Publishing Charlotte Lennox
Lennox made the adaptation at Garrick 's suggestion, following an unsuccessful one by Robert Dodsley decades earlier.
Carlile, Susan. Charlotte Lennox. An Independent Mind. University of Toronto Press, 2018.
An edition followed on 27 November. Lady Bute (Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 's daughter) had politely...


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