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Writers with Entries: July 2017 Update


Grace, Lady Mildmay: 1552 – 1620: An amateur medical practitioner who produced medical notes, recipes, and religious writing informed by her own lived experiences.

Grisell Murray, 1692 – 1759: A Scottish memoirist who focused much of her writing, produced for private circulation, on the lives of her parents.

Radagunda Roberts, c. 1730 – 1788: A Welsh translator and author of poetry, verse tales, and sermons.

Eliza Dunlop, . . . Read more

Writers with Entries: January 2017 Update


Elizabeth Isham, 1609 – 1654: An unmarried member of the English gentry who completed a memoir and papers on medicine and religion, all in manuscript form.

Anne Dacier, 1645 – 1720: A French classical scholar, editor, and translator who gained a strong reputation in England as well as France for her own publications and collaborations with her husband.

May Drummond, 1710 – 1777: A Scottish-born Quaker minister . . . Read more

Writers with Entries: July 2016 Update


Dorothea Celesia, 1738 – 1790: An author who spent most of her life in Genoa but whose well-received writing (a poem in praise of indolence and a play staged in Drury Lane that adapted Voltaire) was published in Britain, where she had been born.

Anne Francis, 1738 – 1800: A poet and scholar whose creative texts engage with classical, biblical, and English literary traditions. Her reactionary political . . . Read more

Writers With Entries: January 2016 Update


  • Mary Mollineux, c. 1651 – 1696: A north-country Quaker who directed her poetry to literary as well as religious ends.
  • Alison Cockburn, 1713 – 1794: She has the place in the story of the Scottish ballad revival and wrote other occasional poems, letters, and memoirs.
  • Ann Thicknesse, 1737 – 1824: wife of a writer notorious for quarrels and shady dealing. Her . . . Read more

Writers with Entries: July 2015 Updates


  • Lady Hester Pulter, 1605 – 1678: major poet who has remained unknown until fairly recently because she seems not to have circulated her work, even in manuscript.
  • Margaret Calderwood, 1715 – 1774: Scotswoman whose journal of travelling to Continental Europe includes trenchant observations about England. She also wrote an unpublished novel and a manual about estate management.
  • Sarah, Lady Pennington, c. . . . Read more

Writers with Entries: January 2015 Update


  • Elizabeth Grymeston, before 1563-1601/4. Her single surviving text, published soon after her death, is a literary-historical landmark whether read as conduct literature, essays, or a mother’s legacy.
  • Olaudah Equiano, c. 1745-1797. Afro-British sailor, explorer, and autobiographer. His memoirs are the most important among his various abolitionist writings.
  • Anna Maria Mackenzie, by 1760-after 1816. Author of fifteen novels and a biblical paraphrase: . . . Read more

Writers with Entries: July 2014 Updates

New Author Entries

  • Rose Hickman, 1526-1613: Protestant middle-class Londoner whose memoirs of the turbulent Reformation years were preserved by her descendants as “Certaine old storyes recorded by an aged gentlewoman”.
  • Sarah, Lady Cowper, 1644-1723: diarist, commonplace-book writer, and abridger (for a daughter-in-law) of a history of the world from biblical times to the present.
  • Mary, Countess Cowper, 1685-1724: like her mother-in-law a diarist, . . . Read more

Writers with Entries: January 2014 Update

New Author Entries

  • Anne Thérèse de Lambert, 1647-1733: French writer of conduct books and comment on the status of women, highly influential in England.
  • Mary Caesar, 1677-1741: in beautiful handwriting but atrocious spelling, she kept for more than twenty years an extraordinary journal of her own and her husband’s intense involvement in the Jacobite cause, something between a political memoir and a commonplace-book.
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Writers With Entries: July 2013 Update

New Author Entries

Writers with Entries: January 2013 Update

New Author Entries

  • Anna Williams, 1706-83, translator, poet, and anthologist, whose ambition of compiling a dictionary of scientific terms (in which she was an expert) came to nothing, probably because she was by then totally blind.
  • Lady Anna Miller, 1741-81, travel writer, patron of poetry, and anthologist.
  • Tabitha Tenney, 1762-1837, anthologist (probably) and author of Female Quixotism, an important early-American novel.
  • Jane Hume Clapperton, 1832-1914, journalist, . . . Read more
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