William Cowper

Standard Name: Cowper, William
Indexed Name: Cowper, William,, 1731 - 1800


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Dedications Charlotte Smith
It carried a dedication, dated 10 May, to Cowper , who had read and revised a draft.
Fletcher, Loraine. Charlotte Smith: A Critical Biography. Macmillan, 1998.
Education Georgiana Fullerton
She could read by four-and-a-half, and recalls an early admiration for hymns by Anna Letitia Barbauld and Maria Edgeworth . Julius Cæsar, the first Shakespearean play that she saw, left a lasting impression. Later...
Education Maria Theresa Longworth
MTL was educated in France at an Ursuline convent school.
Stephen, Sir Leslie, and Sidney Lee, editors. The Dictionary of National Biography. Smith, Elder, 1908.
She later undertook further study in Italy. She consequently became familiar with both French and Italian.
Rosenman, Ellen Bayuk. Unauthorized Pleasures. Cornell University Press, 2003.
Erickson, Arvel B., and John R. McCarthy. “The Yelverton Case: Civil Legislation and Marriage”. Victorian Studies, pp. 275 - 91.
From her writings it is clear...
Education Sarah Josepha Hale
Sarah Josepha Buell (later SJH ) was taught at home by her mother, with her father and her brother Horatio (then a law student) joining in for such higher branches of learning as writing, Latin...
Education Emma Marshall
At a very early age Emma Martin could recite See'st thou my home is where yon woods are waving by Felicia Hemans .
Marshall, Beatrice. Emma Marshall. Seeley, 1900.
After leaving school she continued to study music with Dr Zacariah or Zechariah Buck
Education Jean Ingelow
JI was educated at home by her mother and an unmarried aunt . She was occasionally instructed by the masters employed to teach the boys of the family. Her mother's curriculum centred on religion but...
Education Anna Swanwick
At home her mother had read to her daughters, while they sewed, Greek and Roman history, and writers like Pope , and Cowper . At four Anna could recite long passages from Milton 's L'Allegro...
Education Jean Rhys
At a very young age, JR imagined that God was a book. She was so slow to read that her parents were concerned, but then suddenly found herself able to read even the longer words...
Family and Intimate relationships Judith Cowper Madan
The Cowper family, many of whose male members distinguished themselves in the law and in politics, used a confusing amount of repetition in naming their children in successive generations. Almost a majority of JCM 's...
Family and Intimate relationships Judith Cowper Madan
JCM 's nephew William Cowper the poet, with whom she corresponded, took an interest in her work and was probably the channel through which her poems reached the anthologists Colman and Thornton .
Lavoie, Chantel Michelle. Collecting Women: Poetry and Lives, 1700-1780. Bucknell University Press, 2009.
Friends, Associates Mary Scott
MS was probably a friend from an early age of the dissenting hymn-writer Anne Steele , who lived not very far away and who was a generation older. They spent much time together in 1773...
Friends, Associates Charlotte Smith
On a month-long visit to William Hayley , CS met the poet Cowper , his friend Mary Unwin , and the painter George Romney .
Hilbish, Florence. Charlotte Smith, Poet and Novelist. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1941.
Intertextuality and Influence Jane Austen
In Mansfield Park the heroine is a Romantic in her sensibilities: an admirer of Cowper , passionately devoted to her brother, stoical in her endurance of cold but vividly alive to the suffering of others...
Intertextuality and Influence Mrs Ross
Many chapters are headed with quotations from Shakespeare or Cowper . This novel pits domestic (upper-class) ties against destructive passions, the latter aroused by the fascinating Marchioness of Laisville (whose vices do not ruin her...
Intertextuality and Influence Mrs E. M. Foster
The novel parodies Germaine de Staël 's Corinne (which had appeared in French in 1807, in English in 1808). Chapters are supplied with epigraphs: some standard choices like Pope and Cowper , but also texts...


William Cowper and John Newton published Olney Hymns.
By August 1785
William Cowper published The Task, his meditative-didactic poem in six books. Writing it was a task set before him by his friend Lady Austen .
By September 1791
William Cowper published, with Joseph Johnson , his blank-versetranslations of Homer 's Iliad and Odyssey: a version designed to supersede Pope 's translation in heroic couplets.
Between May 1803 and 1804
William Cowper 's Life and Posthumous Writings were published in three volumes.
June-July 1919
People first flew in large numbers, not as continent-bound travellers but as joy-riders.
Helen Foley published The Bright Designs, a novel (whose title appears to be drawn from William Cowper 's popular hymn God Moves in a Mysterious Way).