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Titel: Mary Leapor: A Study in Eighteenth-Century Women's Poetry
Autor/en: Richard Greene

ISBN: 0198119887
EAN: 9780198119883
New.
Sprache: Englisch.
OXFORD UNIV PR

April 1993 - gebunden - 256 Seiten

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Mary Leapor (1722-1746), a Northamptonshire kitchen maid, produced a substantial body of exceptional poetry which was only published after her early death at the age of twenty-four. This is a timely examination of the work of a poet who has remained almost forgotten for 200 years. Leapor is one of many gifted poets, mainly women and labourers, whose work stands outside the traditional canon of eighteenth-century verse. Richard Greene draws on extensive primary research to present substantial new information about Leapor's life. He discusses her protests against the injustices suffered by women and the poor, her attempts to gain an education, and the influence that illness and the expectation of an early death had upon her writing. Throughout, Leapor is seen in relation both to the mainstream poets of her time and to those whom literary history has consigned to obscurity. Mary Leapor: A Study in Eighteenth-Century Women's Poetry thus not only provides insight into the work of a single neglected woman poet, but offers a sometimes surprising perspective on the literary history of the 'Age of Pope and Johnson'.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Biography and reputation; problems of the woman poet; a labouring poet; primitivism and education; poetry and the last things. Conclusion. Appendix - the Weston Hall library.

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