William Shenstone

Standard Name: Shenstone, William


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Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Heyrick
Her mother, born Elizabeth Cartwright , was a remarkable woman. She became engaged to please her family, but her fiancé died. After this she visited London and stayed with the publisher Robert Dodsley . While...
Friends, Associates Mary Whateley Darwall
An important friend to MWD was the poet William Shenstone , whose famous ferme ornée, the Leasowes, was only about ten miles away. She may have been a child when she met him. Though...
Intertextuality and Influence Mrs E. M. Foster
As an epistolary novel, Concealment lacks the characteristic metanarrative of other MEMF novels, though an interesting prologue addressed to the reader from the Authoress cautions against the practice of concealment. Foster also identifies herself, in...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Gilding
Among these poems, To Miss —— (March 1783) is a poem of advice which recommends Milton 's Eve as a model. It applies to dawning reason the language both of religion and Romanticism: Go seek...
Intertextuality and Influence Charlotte Nooth
The novel combines domestic humour and social satire. The courtship of Eglantine Fortescue and the young officer Augustus Fitzroy is almost overshadowed by the broad-brush picture of their families and friends. Eglantine incurs disapproval first...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Whateley Darwall
The earliest extant poems by MWD are carefully crafted to show her skill and her familiarity with canonical poets. Most of her exemplars are male. In Rural Happiness she echoes Anne Finch : a female...
Leisure and Society Lady Eleanor Butler
In the grounds the Ladies followed William Shenstone 's concept of the ferme ornée; even their kitchen garden and orchard were beautified.
Mavor, Elizabeth. The Ladies of Llangollen. Michael Joseph.
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The garden was approached by way of a gothic arch, where...
Occupation Frances Seymour, Countess of Hertford
Among writers who received Lady Hertford's patronage were Elizabeth Singer Rowe , Elizabeth Boyd , Elizabeth Carter , Mary Chandler , Isaac Watts , Laurence Eusden (for whom she set topics of occasional poems), James Thomson
Residence Jane Loudon
JL lived most of her first seventeen years at Kitwell House in Bartley Green, near Halesowen. Her father had bought this red-brick, Georgian house years ago as a retreat from business and the profit...
Textual Features Barbara Hofland
BH also pays much attention in her poems to other writers. Stanzas to the River Don footnotes Wortley Hall as a former home of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu .
Hofland, Barbara. Poems. Printed by J. Montgomery, and sold by Vernor and Hood.
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Ode to Apathy...
Textual Production Frances Seymour, Countess of Hertford
Frances Thynne, later Hertford, began letter-writing at an early age. She was eleven when her grandfather was glad to find her in an hopeful way of being a good scribe,
Hughes, Helen Sard. The Gentle Hertford, Her Life and Letters. Macmillan.
and twelve when her...
Textual Production Frances Seymour, Countess of Hertford
The circumstances of misattribution are mysterious, but literary historian Michael F. Suarez guesses that Dodsley and William Shenstone deliberately printed this poem as Montagu 's in order to preserve the reputation of the real author...
Textual Production Susanna Blamire
Most of SB 's poetry is hard to date. She may, however, have produced an ode to the poet and landscape gardener William Shenstone (a forecast of her later taste for the picturesque) as early...
Wealth and Poverty Radagunda Roberts
She left the stock, the house, and several keepsakes to her sister, to her nephew Alfred William both her inkstand and her copy of John Hawkesworth 's translation of Fénelon 's Télémaque (apparently recognizing William...


May 1742: William Shenstone (poet and landscape gardener,...

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May 1742

William Shenstone (poet and landscape gardener, creator of a famous ferme ornée, The Leasowes at Halesowen in Shropshire) anonymously published his supposedly Spenserian poemThe Schoolmistress.

18 March 1748: Robert Dodsley first offered for sale his...

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18 March 1748

Robert Dodsley first offered for sale his influential Collection of Poems by Several Hands.


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