ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Thomas

(1677-1731)


The daughter of a London attorney, Elizabeth Thomas was early in life praised by Dryden as "Corinna." She was a friend of Lady Chudleigh, Mary Astell, Henry Cromwell, and Alexander Pope. She later tried to turn her friendships to money, selling Pope's letters to Curll and collaborating with him in the wars of the Dunces. There is a long, roguish but sympathetic biography in Theophilus Cibber's Lives of the Poets (1753); Elizabeth Thomas tells her own story in Pylades and Corinna, letters written to her suitor Gwinnet.


TEXT RECORDS:

1700 ca.A Pindarick Ode in imitation of Spencer's Divine Love, inscrib'd to Mrs. Katherine Bridgeman.

PUBLICATIONS:

Miscellany poems. 1722.
Poems on several occasions. 1726.
Codrus, or the Dunciad dissected [with Edmund Curll]. 1728.
The metamorphosis of the town: or a view of the present fashions. 1730; 1743.
Pylades and Corinna, or memoirs of the lives, amours, and writings of R. G ... and Mrs. E. Thomas Junr. 2 vols, 1731-32.