ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Elstob

(1683-1756)


Elizabeth Elstob studied Anglo-Saxon with her brother William and published Rudiments of Grammar in 1715; after her brother's death, she taught school before winning the patronage of Bishop Smalridge, Queen Caroline, Hestor Mulso Chapone and the Duchess of Portland. John Nichols reprints some of her correspondence in his Anecdotes; Samuel Pegge's Life is drawn from a manuscript autobiography. Elizabeth Elstob was once described as the "female student" of Oxford University.


TEXT RECORDS:

1715An Apology for the Study of Northern Antiquities.

PUBLICATIONS:

Essay on glory. Scudery, trans. Elstob. 1708.
An English-Saxon homily on the birth of St. Gregory. Aelfric, trans. Elstob. 1709.
Some testimonies of learned men in favour of the intended edition of the Saxon homilies. 1713.
The English-Saxon homilies of Aelfric. 1715.
Rudiments of Grammar for the English tongue. 1715.