ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Darwall

(1738-1825)


Mary Whateley (or Wheatley) was born in Worcestershire where she was acquainted with William Shenstone. After contributing several items to the Gentleman's Magazine as "Harriet Airy" she published a volume of poems with Robert Dodsley that went into a second edition. In 1766 she married the Rev. John Darwall, managing a large family. Upon his death in 1789 she retired to Wales, from where she published a second volume of poems by subscription in 1794. She contributed to a collection by her daughter, Elizabeth Darwell, entitled The Storm, and other Poems (1810).


TEXT RECORDS:

1764The Pleasures of Contemplation.
1794A Scotch Pastoral.
1794Elegy on the Ruins of Kenilworth Castle.
1794The Self-Exiled Minstrel.

PUBLICATIONS:

Original poems on several occasions. By Miss Whateley. 1764.
Poems on several occasions. By Mrs. Darwall. 2 vols, 1794.