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The Poems and Prose of Mary, Lady Chudleigh : Women Writers in English, 1350-1850 - Mary, Lady Chudleigh

The Poems and Prose of Mary, Lady Chudleigh

Women Writers in English, 1350-1850

Paperback Published: 1st January 1993
ISBN: 9780195083606
Number Of Pages: 432

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The first edition of the collected poetry and prose of the Restoration feminist, Mary, Lady Chudleigh (1656-1710), this volume includes The Ladies Defence as well as her final prose meditations. New biographical and bibliographical information in the Introduction revises the existing accounts of her life and literary career. The volume makes available for the first time the complete range of Chudleigh's literary experiments and calls for a reassessment of the image of the woman writer of the Restoration. A friend of John Dryden and Mary Astell, Chudleigh experimented with a variety of literary forms, from satire to biblical paraphrase, but always maintained her belief in the importance of education for women and the necessity for self-determination.

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"The edition, and the series, is a refreshing change from the shoddily-produced editions of female writers that have been proliferating for some time. Ezell's contributions are illuminating, but never pedantic."--Alexander Pettit, University of North Texas "This is a fine collection."--Judith B. Slagle, Middle Tennessee State University "It is a pleasure to have this well-edited text available at such a reasonable price."--Anthony Low, New York University WOMEN WRITERS IN ENGLISH 1350-1850: General Editors: Susanne Woods and Elizabeth H. Hageman This unprecedented new series reintroduces women's writings of cultural and literary interest, from the medieval period through the early nineteenth century, often for the first time since their original publication. The writers represented in the series were generally well known and highly regarded in their day, but were forgotten with the development of the canon of English studies in the later nineteenth century. Derived from the Brown University Women Writers Project, the series unearths a wide range of neglected gems, dispelling the myth that women wrote little of real value before the Victorian period. Each volume includes an introduction putting the work in its historical and literary context and helpful explanatory notes. Praise for the series: "Publishing these previously unknown or ignored volumes by women will revolutionize the canon of English and American literature taught in graduate and undergraduate courses. The list of texts is impressive. It includes some of the most important scholarship now under way in the field of Renaissance literature."--Margaret Hannay, Siena College "The edition, and the series, is a refreshing change from the shoddily-produced editions of female writers that have been proliferating for some time. Ezell's contributions are illuminating, but never pedantic."--Alexander Pettit, University of North Texas "This is a fine collection."--Judith B. Slagle, Middle Tennessee State University "It is a pleasure to have this well-edited text available at such a reasonable price."--Anthony Low, New York University WOMEN WRITERS IN ENGLISH 1350-1850: General Editors: Susanne Woods and Elizabeth H. Hageman This unprecedented new series reintroduces women's writings of cultural and literary interest, from the medieval period through the early nineteenth century, often for the first time since their original publication. The writers represented in the series were generally well known and highly regarded in their day, but were forgotten with the development of the canon of English studies in the later nineteenth century. Derived from the Brown University Women Writers Project, the series unearths a wide range of neglected gems, dispelling the myth that women wrote little of real value before the Victorian period. Each volume includes an introduction putting the work in its historical and literary context and helpful explanatory notes. Praise for the series: "Publishing these previously unknown or ignored volumes by women will revolutionize the canon of English and American literature taught in graduate and undergraduate courses. The list of texts is impressive. It includes some of the most important scholarship now under way in the field of Renaissance literature."--Margaret Hannay, Siena College "Making these writers available in an easily accessible form contributes significantly not only to feminist scholarship, which has been seeking to recover the works of such writers for two decades, but also to teaching and scholarship more generally within the humanities, from the freshman level to the most specialized postgraduate level."--Marlon Ross, University of Michigan "The texts chosen form an extremely interesting and quite varied group, and the prospect of having them in book form is exciting. Scholars and students will be much richer for it."--Carolyn Dinshaw, University of California, Berkeley "...a valuable addition to the growing number of "rescued" works by obscure female authors....The collected works in this volume reveal a lively, engaged mind, as comfortable with debating scientific and philosophical subjects as with penning a well-wrought verse reflecting a woman's point of view on the issues."--Seventeenth Century News

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xvii
The Ladies Defence: Or, The Bride-Woman's Counsellor Answer'd
To all Ingenious Ladiesp. 3
The Preface to the Readerp. 11
The Ladies Defence: Or, a Dialogue Between Sir John Brute, Sir William Loveall, Melissa, and a Parsonp. 15
Poems on Several Occasions
To The Queen's Most Excellent Majestyp. 43
Prefacep. 44
On the Death of his Highness the Duke of Glocesterp. 47
On the Vanities of this Lifep. 59
To Almystreap. 66
To Clorissap. 67
To Mr. Dryden, on his excellent Translation of Virgilp. 70
Songp. 73
To Eugeniap. 74
Song: To Lerindap. 76
Songp. 76
The Wishp. 77
The Elevationp. 78
Friendshipp. 79
The Happy Manp. 79
A Dialogue between Alexis and Astreap. 80
To the Ladiesp. 83
To the Queen's most Excellent Majestyp. 84
The Resolutionp. 88
A Pindarick Odep. 112
Icarusp. 114
Songp. 116
A Dialogue between Virgil and Maeviusp. 118
To the Learn'd and Ingenious Dr. Musgrave of Exeterp. 120
The Observationp. 124
Solitudep. 126
On the Death of my Honoured Mother Mrs. Leep. 129
On the Death of my dear Daughter Eliza Maria Chudleighp. 135
The Offeringp. 140
The Resolvep. 144
Songp. 145
The Inquiryp. 146
The Choicep. 152
The Fifteenth Psalm Paraphras'dp. 155
One of Lucian's Dialogues of the Dead Paraphras'dp. 157
To the Queen's most Excellent Majestyp. 161
The Song of the Three Children Paraphras'd
The Prefacep. 169
The Song of the Three Children Paraphras'dp. 177
Essays upon Several Subjects in Prose and Verse
To Her Royal Highness The Princess Sophiap. 245
To The Readerp. 246
Of Knowledgep. 251
Of Pridep. 261
Of Humilityp. 268
Of Lifep. 274
Of Deathp. 276
Of Fearp. 281
Of Griefp. 286
Of Richesp. 296
Of Self-Lovep. 301
Of Justicep. 305
Of Angerp. 311
Of Calumnyp. 332
Of Friendshipp. 343
Of Lovep. 352
Of Avaricep. 363
Of Solitudep. 385
Index of First Lines of Poemsp. 391
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ISBN: 9780195083606
ISBN-10: 0195083601
Series: Women Writers in English, 1350-1850
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st January 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.93 x 13.77  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.48

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