ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Montagu

(1720-1800)


The eldest daughter in a notable family (her sister was the novelist Sarah Scott), Elizabeth Robinson married Edward Montagu, a wealthy physician, in 1742. Her contributions to George Lyttelton's Dialogues of the Dead, and her own Essay on Shakespeare were widely admired, establishing the writer as something of an arbiter of taste in high society, where she became an important patron to persons in literature, religion, and the arts. Her literary reputation was ultimately based on her letters, posthumously published by her nephew Matthew Montagu.


TEXT RECORDS:

1771[To Dr. John Gregory, 13 March 1771; on Beattie's Minstrel.]

PUBLICATIONS:

An essay on the writings and genius of Shakespear. 1769.
Letters of Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu. 4 vols, 1809-13.
Letters to the Duchess of Portland. 1904, 1907.
Letters [to 1761], ed. E. J. Climenson. 2 vols, 1906.
Letters [1762 to 1800], ed. R. Blunt. 2 vols, 1923.