Early modern women's manuscript poetry

Edited by Jill Millman and Gillian Wright

Early modern women's manuscript poetry

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6917-8
  • Pages: 296
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: March 2005
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: classical, early & medieval, LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Anthologies: general, Literary studies: ancient & classical, Literature


'Early modern women's manuscript poetry' is an anthology of texts by fourteen women poets writing between 1589 and 1706. It is the only currently available anthology of early modern women's writing which focuses exclusively on manuscript material. Authors include Mary Sidney, Lucy Hutchinson and Katherine Philips; central figures in the emerging canon of early modern women writers, but whose work appears in a fresh and very different light in the manuscript context emphasised by this anthology. The volume also includes substantial excerpts from a recently discovered verse paraphrase of Genesis, thought to be by the previously unknown seventeenth-century writer Mary Roper, as well as selections from the unjustly neglected poet, Hester Pulter. The mix of canonical and non-canonical writers makes this book ideal for use on undergraduate and early postgraduate courses, while specialists will be particularly interested in the sophisticated and varied material taken from less familiar sources.


Jill Seal Millman is a Research Fellow working on the Perdita Project in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Warwick University. Gillian Wright is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Birmingham


List of contributors
List of illustrations
Introduction - Elizabeth Clarke and Jonathan Gibson
Textual introduction - Jill Seal Millman and Gillian Wright
1. Jane Seager's translations of sibylline prophecies: British Library Additional MS 10037
2. Mary Sidney's psalm paraphrases: British Library Additional MS 12047
3. Lady Mary Wroth, 'Pamphilia to Amphilanthus': Folger Shakespeare Library MS V.a.104
4. Anne Southwell's poetry: Folger Shakespeare Library MS V.b.198, British Library Lansdowne MS 740
5. Anna Ley's posthumously collected writings: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library MS L6815 M3 C734
6. Presentation volume of Jane Cavendish's poetry: Yale University, Beinecke Library Osborn MS b. 233
7. Lucy Hutchinson's 'Elegies': Nottinghamshire Archives, DD/HU2
8. Hester Pulter's 'Poems Breathed forth By The Noble Hadassas': Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection MS Lt q 32
9. Presentation volume of Katherine Philips's verse: National Library of Wales MS 776B
10. Mary Roper?'s 'The Sacred Historie': Leeds University Library Brotherton Library MS Lt q 2
11. Julia Palmer's 'Centuries' of devotional verse: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA MS P1745 M1 P744 1671-3 Bound
12. Mary Astell's presentation manuscript: Bodleian MS Rawlinson poet. 154
13. Marie Burghope's country house poem: Huntington Library MS EL 35/B/62
14. Octavia Walsh's verse miscellany: Bodleian MS Eng. Poet. 31
Interpretative notes
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