Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Jones, Mary
Birth Name: Mary Jones
Pseudonym: A Young Lady of Oxford
, writing in the mid and later eighteenth century, is remarkable for publishing her work, although it was written in a private context. She is still under-rated both as a poet and as a letter-writer.
Johnson had a talent for friendship which he kept well exercised: the names mentioned here represent only a selection of his friendships. His early London friends, whom he met during a comparatively poorly documented period...
Perhaps from her time in London, SD
made some literary relationships. She was a good friend of Elizabeth Carter
, and she subscribed to Mary Jones
's Miscellanies in Prose and Verse, published in 1750.
Messenger, Ann. Pastoral Tradition and the Female Talent: Studies in Augustan Poetry. AMS Press.
Nicholls, C. S., editor. The Dictionary of National Biography: Missing Persons. Oxford University Press.
The Critical gave the book a one-paragraph review, noting ML
's misfortunes, her setting reviewers at defiance, and some strokes of genius in her writing.
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
8 (1759): 171
One reviewer compared her unfavourably with such...
This volume was printed for the Author. Its 833 subscribers (for 903 copies)
Fleeman, John David, and James McLaverty. A Bibliography of the Works of Samuel Johnson. Clarendon Press.
responded with praise of MB
's Lines with Wit and Humour fraught, / Pure as her Morals, sprightly as her Thought.
Budd, Adam. “’Merit in Distress’: The Troubled Success of Mary Barber”. Review of English Studies, Vol.
, pp. 204-27.
Another English fellow-poet, Mary Jones
(to whom Barber's Poems were lent...
Dorothea Du Bois
After seven pages on grammar, she offers pattern letters: those in verse are in effect an anthology of epistolary poems by women, a patriotically generous selection of Irish writers (Mary Monck
, Mary Barber
Morris was writing too early to know of the existence of that splendid Oxford satirist Alicia D'Anvers
, or to include in a section called Port and PrejudiceMary Jones
's early-eighteenth-century fantasy of a...
It must be remembered that, in a manner fitting the ballad tradition of unascribed authorship, SB
and Catherine Gilpin
often composed poetry together, and that Gilpin
, as well as Blamire, sometimes composed alone. The...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text
The issue of female fame arises through Charlotte's admiration for the poet Mary Jones
. She says she doesn't expect her correspondent to have heard of Jones although the latter possesses genius and depth of...
By May 1754: John Duncombe published The Feminiad. A Poem,...
By May 1754
published The Feminiad. A Poem, which celebrates the achievements of women writers with strict attention to their support for conventional morality.
By July 1755: Thomas Amory published Memoirs of the Lives...
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By July 1755
published Memoirs of the Lives of Several Ladies of Great Britain (an odd, ragbag work which is not, however, history or biography, but is generally classed as a novel).
January 1756: The Critical Review, or Annals of Literature,...
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The Critical Review, or Annals of Literature, a monthly, began publishing under the editorship of Tobias Smollett
, ostensibly by a Society of Gentlemen.
April 1761-May 1762: Andrew Kippis edited, and Ralph Griffiths...