The Poems and Prose of Mary, Lady Chudleigh / Edition 1

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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 Defense 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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195083606
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Series: Women Writers in English 1350-1850 Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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Texas A&M University
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Table of Contents

The Ladies Defence: Or, The Bride-Woman's Counsellor Answer'd
To All Ingenious Ladies 3
The Preface to the Reader 11
The Ladies Defence: Or, a Dialogue Between Sir John Brute, Sir William Loveall, Melissa, and a Parson
Poems on Several Occasions 15
To The Queen's Most Excellent Majesty 43
Preface 44
On the Death of his Highness the Duke of Glocester 47
On the Vanities of this Life 59
To Almystrea 66
To Clorissa 67
To Mr. Dryden, on his excellent Translation of Virgil 70
Song 73
To Eugenia 74
Song: To Lerinda 76
Song 76
The Wish 77
The Elevation 78
Friendship 79
The Happy Man 79
A Dialogue between Alexis and Astrea 80
To the Ladies 83
To the Queen's most Excellent Majesty 84
The Resolution 88
A Pindarick Ode 112
Icarus 114
Song 116
A Dialogue between Virgil and Maevius 118
To the Learn'd and Ingenious Dr. Musgrave of Exeter 120
The Observation 124
Solitude 126
On the Death of my Honoured Mother Mrs. Lee 129
On the Death of my dear Daughter Eliza Maria Chudleigh 135
The Offering 140
The Resolve 144
Song 145
The Inquiry 146
The Choice 152
The Fifteenth Psalm Paraphras'd 155
One of Lucian's Dialogues of the Dead Paraphras'd 157
To the Queen's most Excellent Majesty 161
The Song of the Three Children Paraphras'd
The Preface 169
The Song of the Three Children Paraphras'd 177
Essays upon Several Subjects in Prose and Verse
To Her Royal Highness The Princess Sophia 245
To The Reader 246
Of Knowledge 251
Of Pride 261
Of Humility 268
Of Life 274
Of Death 276
Of Fear 281
Of Grief 286
Of Riches 296
Of Self-Love 301
Of Justice 305
Of Anger 311
Of Calumny 332
Of Friendship 343
Of Love 352
Of Avarice 363
Of Solitude 385
Index of First Lines of Poems 391
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