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Essays and Poems and `Simplicity', A Comedy : Clarendon Paperbacks - Mary Wortley Montagu

Essays and Poems and `Simplicity', A Comedy

Clarendon Paperbacks

Paperback Published: 19th August 1993
ISBN: 9780198122883
Number Of Pages: 456

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Despite being an aristocrat and a woman, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689 - 1762) made herself a writer. Lady Mary has long been well-known as a `character' a letter writer, and a traveller, this revised paperback edition of her non-epistolary writings appears at a time when interest in her literary work is now widespread and serious. Lady Mary saw herself as `haunted by the Daemon of Poesie'. She wrote literary criticism of Addison and the only essay by a woman published in the Spectator, together with spirited verse replies to Pope and Swift and passionate love-poems which dispute the period's label `Age of Reason'. Her essays (some published anonymously in newspapers) and poems (many of which appeared with her secret connivance) deal with issues still alive and accessible today: love, marriage, prejudice against women writers, the medical breakthrough of smallpox innoculation. Her comedy, Simplicity, has been recently revived in productions around the U.K. Hard-hitting, eloquent and often funny, the work of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu will be essential reading for the growing number of scholars, students and general readers of women's writing.

'This is a welcome new scholarly edition of Lady Mary's non-epistolary works. It also makes entertaining and thought-provoking reading!' David Doughan, Fawcett Library - Newsletter, Oct '93 `Lady mary Wortley Montague's poems, essays, and play, splendidly edited by Robert Halsband and Isobel Grundy...is another reprint, this one in paperback with a fine new preface by Grundy, and ought to be widely acquired. The originality, strength, and brilliance of Lady Mary's work is often dazzling, but never more so than when seen here as a corpus' Eighteenth Century Studies `scholarly edition...For the first time I have been able to read the full text of her poetically accomplished, but cruel, attack on Pope after their friendship had ruptured...I learned a great deal from the footnotes, which though economical carry an immense weight of scholarship.' The New Rambler D IX

Preface to the Paperback Reprint
Introductionp. 3
Biographical Anecdotes of Lady M. W. Montagup. 6
Supplement to the Anecdotesp. 55
[critique of Cato] Wrote at the Desire of Mr. Wortley, Suppress'd at the Desire of Mr. Adisonp. 62
Essay in the Spectatorp. 69
[a Letter from the Other World to a Lady from Her Former Husband]p. 75
[autobiographical Romance: Fragment]p. 77
[account of the Court of George I]p. 82
A Plain Account of the Innoculating of the Small Pox by a Turkey Merchantp. 95
A Letter to A[lexander] P[ope] in Answer to the Preface of His Lettersp. 98
An Expedient to Put a Stop to the Spreading Vice of Corruptionp. 100
The Nonsense of Common-Sense I737-8p. 105
Caesarp. 150
Carabossep. 153
[letter to Anna Maria Van Schurman]p. 165
Introductionp. 171
Verses Addressed to the Imitator of the First Satire of the Second Book of Horacep. 265
The Reasons That Induced Dr S[wift] to Write a Poem Call'd the Lady's Dressing Roomp. 273
Dramatis Personæp. 317
Act 2p. 336
Act 3p. 360
p. 381
p. 383
General Indexp. 395
Index of First Linesp. 410
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ISBN: 9780198122883
ISBN-10: 0198122888
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 19th August 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.63