Robert Merry

Standard Name: Merry, Robert


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Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Hervey
In 1789 EH , living at Brussels, was said to be the mistress of the poet and radical Robert Merry . The story went that he was thinking of marrying her, but in fact...
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Robinson
MR 's daughter grew up to be a writer, and to publish two books under her own name as well as revising and editing work by MR . Hers are the gothic, epistolary Minerva novel...
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Hervey
Hester Piozzi referred all this as common knowledge when she met EH . Hervey remained a friend of Merry after his marriage and perhaps shared his acquaintance with the Irish patriot Lord Edward Fitzgerald ...
Friends, Associates Leah Sumbel
Through Topham she became friendly with Frederick Reynolds (who became her lover and wrote of her in his Life and Times, published a few years before her death) and Robert Merry , and through...
Friends, Associates Helen Maria Williams
That year HMW was introduced by Dr John Moore to Burns , with whom she then corresponded. She met Samuel Rogers (in November 1787), Hester Lynch Piozzi , and Sir Joshua Reynolds . The year...
Intertextuality and Influence Sarah Wentworth Morton
In this volume Lines Addressed to the inimitable Author of the Poems under the signature of Della Crusca and others addressed to Alfred (who may have been her fellow-poet and warm admirer Robert Treat Payne, Jr
Literary responses Anne Damer
AD 's art and her gender made her a kind of tourist attraction. She complained of being teazed and tired to death with the number of persons coming to see her work, and making crass...
Publishing Hannah Cowley
HC 's poems to Della Crusca (Robert Merry ), written as Anna Matilda, appeared in Edward Topham 's The World, or Fashionable Advertiser, interspersed with Merry's replies.
Norton, J. E. “Some Uncollected Authors XVI: Hannah Cowley 1743-1809”. The Book Collector, Vol.
, pp. 68-76.
Publishing Mary Robinson
MR began her poetical correspondence with Robert Merry , who signed himself Leonardo.
Robinson, Mary. “Introduction”. Perdita: The Memoirs of Mary Robinson, edited by Moses Joseph Levy, Peter Owen.
Textual Features Leah Sumbel
Another of its features was the exchange of Della Cruscan verse between Robert Merry and Hannah Cowley , and because of Merry's friendship with Hester Lynch Piozzi , Piozzi's movements were advertised in The World.
Jenkins, Annibel. “<span data-tei-ns-tag="tei_title" data-tei-title-lvl=‘j’>The World</span> and All the People in It: London, 1787-1789”. Boundaries, Margins and Frames: Ways of Seeing and Knowing the Eighteenth Century: Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS) Conference, Chapel Hill, NC.
Textual Production Sarah Wentworth Morton
She found this story in a recent issue of the American Museum, where it was set in Canada.
American National Biography.
Her title-page quotes from Spenser 's The Faerie Queene: Fierce Wars and faithful Loves...
Textual Production Hester Lynch Piozzi
HLP , while living in Florence, contributed poems to and wrote a preface for a Della Cruscan publication: The Florence Miscellany.
The leading light in this group was Robert Merry .
Clifford, James L. Hester Lynch Piozzi (Mrs Thrale). Clarendon Press.
Textual Production Mary Robinson
MR , as Laura Maria, published Ainsi va le Monde. A Poem, an item of her poetical correspondence
Wollstonecraft, Mary. The Works of Mary Wollstonecraft. Editors Todd, Janet and Marilyn Butler, Pickering.
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with Robert Merry , which appropriates the effusive Della Cruscan style.
Close, Anne. “Into the Public: The Sexual Heroine in Eliza Fenwick’s <span data-tei-ns-tag="tei_title" data-tei-title-lvl="m">Secresy</span> and Mary Robinson’s <span data-tei-ns-tag="tei_title" data-tei-title-lvl=‘m’>The Natural Daughter</span&gt”;. Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Vol.
, No. 1, pp. 35-52.
Textual Production Leah Sumbel
It is often said (for instance by the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography) that Topham's main aim in this venture was to boost her career. The World was known for featuring personal attacks on...


1791: William Gifford, in his satire The Baviad,...

Writing climate item


William Gifford , in his satire The Baviad, became the first to attack the Della Cruscan body of poetry which notably included work by Robert Merry and Hannah Cowley .

By 22 July 1797: William Beckford published a second and more...

Women writers item

By 22 July 1797

William Beckford published a second and more marked burlesque attack on women's writing: Azemia: A Descriptive and Sentimental Novel. Interspersed with Pieces of Poetry.


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