Christopher Smart

Standard Name: Smart, Christopher


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Intertextuality and Influence Anne Sexton
A number of poems here are grouped in series, the centrepiece being The Furies (which, she said, was the reason that she decided not to wait but to publish the collection in her lifetime).
Middlebrook, Diane Wood. Anne Sexton: A Biography. Houghton Mifflin.
Literary responses Mary Leapor
This volume attracted attention from Samuel Richardson , Christopher Smart , and the young William Cowper , as well as from its chief promoters, John Duncombe and Susanna Highmore .
Rizzo, Betty. “Molly Leapor: An Anxiety for Influence”. The Age of Johnson, edited by Paul J. Korshin, Vol.
, pp. 313-43.
Literary responses Mary Leapor
The emphasis placed on ML by Roger Lonsdale in his revolutionary Eighteenth-Century Women Poets, 1989, was welcomed by reviewers.
Leapor, Mary. “Introduction”. Poems, edited by Ann Messenger and Richard Greene.
Donna Landry , virtually originating the late twentieth-century interest in labouring-class women poets of this...
Textual Features Seamus Heaney
The Rattle Bag, arranged not by date, or theme, or even alphabetically by author, but alphabetically by title, aims at and achieves a happy and fertile randomness, gathering chips of brilliance from all times...
Textual Features Delarivier Manley
It presents a report on the state of the world, or at least the nation, by the goddess Astrea or Justice, who in classical myth fled to heaven at the end of the Golden Age...
Textual Features Robert Southey
Against the trend of the times, RS aimed for historical interest rather than literary canonicity, compiling in his Specimens of the Later English Poets a collection of representative voices rather than a garland: The taste...
Textual Production Ruth Pitter
In 1936 RP and Michael Head had published The Matron Cat's Song, for which she wrote the lyric and he the music. (In 1972 Beryl Price published musical settings for A Cycle of Cats...


16 October 1750-April 1753: Christopher Smart and John Newbery, under...

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16 October 1750-April 1753

Christopher Smart and John Newbery , under the persona of Mary Midnight, issued a periodical entitled The Midwife; or, Old Woman's Magazine; they acknowledge the influence of Delarivier Manley .

3 December 1751: Christopher Smart, as Mrs Mary Midnight,...

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3 December 1751

Christopher Smart , as Mrs Mary Midnight, opened his vaudeville and satire act at the Castle Tavern, an act Horace Walpole called the lowest buffoonery in the world.

By June 1752: Christopher Smart published his first collection,...

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By June 1752

Christopher Smart published his first collection, Poems on Several Occasions.

1758-63: Christopher Smart worked on his unfinished,...

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Christopher Smart worked on his unfinished, unpublished prose-poem or liturgypoemJubilate Agno.

9 April 1763: Christopher Smart published A Song to Da...

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9 April 1763

Christopher Smart published A Song to David.

Christmas 1819: William Wordsworth presented Lady Mary Lowther...

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Christmas 1819

William Wordsworth presented Lady Mary Lowther with a little manuscript volume of poems: those by women were mostly copied from the pages of Poems by Eminent Ladies.


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