Mary Deverell

Standard Name: Deverell, Mary
Birth Name: Mary Deverell
Pseudonym: Philanthea
MD is a remarkably interesting and talented miscellaneous writer of lower-class background and strong feminist views. Her essays and short poems (published in the later eighteenth century) are delightful, her longer narrative poem and tragic drama somewhat less skilled. She seems to have met with success in gathering contacts and subscribers, but without becoming truly known or successful.


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Intertextuality and Influence Amelia Opie
Both in an Address to the Editor and in a series of explanatory footnotes, AO positions herself on the one hand as a historian with a proper regard for available evidence, and on the other...
Leisure and Society Mary, Lady Champion de Crespigny
Her patronage of authors shows up in subscriptions and dedications. She subscribed to works by Mary Deverell , Isabella Kelly , Eliza Parsons , Sarah Scudgell Wilkinson , and no doubt many more. Many of...
Literary responses Elizabeth Singer Rowe
Samuel Johnson , in his review of Elizabeth Harrison 's Miscellanies on Moral and Religious Subjects, in Prose and Verse, written for the Literary Magazine, or Universal Review in October 1756, went out of...
Reception Anne Bacon
AB 's reputation was known to women from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth century who were alert to the historical achievements of their own sex: Bathsua Makin , Elizabeth Elstob , Mary Deverell
Textual Features Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger
EOB writes in terms of a women's tradition: for instance, she praises Barbauld for praising Elizabeth Rowe . She makes confident judgements and attributions (she is sure that Lady Pakington is the real author of...
Textual Production Elizabeth Moody
There is an unexplained gap in her reviewing between August 1791 and January 1800. Four of her reviews were co-authored: with Ralph Griffiths , his son George , or her husband .
Waters, Mary A. British Women Writers and the Profession of Literary Criticism, 1789-1832. Palgrave Macmillan.
141 and n32, 143


May 1703: Nicholas Rowe published his she-tragedy The...

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May 1703

Nicholas Rowe published his she-tragedyThe Fair Penitent.


Deverell, Mary. Mary, Queen of Scots. Printed for the author, 1792.
Deverell, Mary. Miscellanies in Prose and Verse. Printed for the author by J. Rivington, Jun., 1781.
Deverell, Mary. Sermons on the Following Subjects. S. Farley, 1774.
Deverell, Mary. Sermons on the Following Subjects. Printed for the author by W. Strahan, 1776.
Deverell, Mary. Theodora and Didymus. Printed for the author, 1784.
Deverell, Mary. Theodora and Didymus. Printed for the author, 1786.