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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 She also wrote an unpublished novel and a manual about estate management.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

Writers with Entries: July 2012 Update

New Author Entries

  • Susanna Hopton, 1627-1709, theological and devotional writer whose canon is still not clearly established. She was much concerned to adapt what she saw as the best of Roman Catholic devotional practices to serve the needs of the Anglican church.
  • Marie-Catherine de Villedieu, 1640?-1683, French writer who launched her high-profile career as Marie-Catherine Desjardins, then took the name of the . . . Read more

Writers with Entries: January 2012 Update


Writers with Entries: July 2011 Update


  • Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655-91, colonial American Quaker, who wrote a number of works that do not survive, and published a spiritual autobiography which seems have displeased the meeting of Friends in Philadelphia.
  • Jane Johnson, 1706-59, letter-writer, poet, author of little teaching books for her children and of the earliest identified original fairy-story in English.</LI>
  • Elizabeth Smith, 1776-1826, lingummist and translator. She showed some . . . Read more
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