ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

(1689-1762)


The daughter of Evelyn Pierrepont, earl of Kingston, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was privately educated. In 1712 she eloped with Edward Wortley Montagu, through whom she became connected with Addison's circle. In 1716 she accompanied her husband to Constantinople where he was ambassador, consequently becoming an early advocate for inoculation. Upon her return she quarreled with Pope in 1722; in 1739 she departed for the Continent where she spent the remainder of her life living in Italy and France.


TEXT RECORDS:

1716Roxana: or, the Drawing-Room.
1716The Basset-Table. An Eclogue.
1716The Toilet.
1734The Bride in the Country; a Parody on Rowe's Ballad, "Despairing beside a Clear Stream," &c.

PUBLICATIONS:

Court poems. 1716.
Verses address'd to the imitator of Horace. 1733.
The Dean's provocation for writing the lady's dressing-room. 1734.
The nonsense of common-sense. 1737-38.
Six town eclogues with some other poems. 1747.
Letters ... written during her travels. 3 vols, 1763.
Poetical works, edited Isaac Reed. 1768.
Works, ed. James Dallaway. 5 vols, 1803.
Original letters to Sir James and Lady Frances Steuart. 1818.
Letters and works, ed. Lord Wharncliffe. 3 vols, 1837.
Letters, ed. W. Moy Thomas. 2 vols, 1861, rev. 1887.
Letters, ed. R. B. Johnson. 1906.
Complete letters, ed. Robert Halsband. 3 vols, 1965-67.
Essays and poems, and Simplicity, a comedy, ed. Robert Halsband and Isobel Grundy. 1977.