ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Judith Cowper Madan

(1702-1781)


Judith Cowper, daughter of Judge Spencer Cowper, M.P. (and the aunt of William Cowper), married Captain Martin Madan, equerry to Frederick, Prince of Wales. She was acquainted with the Countess of Huntington, John Wesley, and early in life corresponded with Alexander Pope. She has a poem in Dodsley's Collection; her oft-reprinted "Abelard to Eloisa" was first published in William Pattison's Poems in 1728 — the authorship has subsequently been disputed. Her son, Martin Madan, was the author of Thelyphthora, satirized by William Cowper in Antithelyphthora.


TEXT RECORDS:

1721The Progress of Poetry.
1721 ca.To Mr. Pope.

PUBLICATIONS:

Letters of the late Alexander Pope, Esq. to a lady. 1769.
The progress of poetry. 1783.
Letters of Abelard and Heloise ... To which are now added The poems of Eloisa to Abelard, by Mr. Pope. And Abelard to Eloise, by Mrs. Madan. 1773.