ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jane Bowdler

(1743-1784)


Jane Bowdler was the elder sister of Harriet and Thomas Bowdler, the latter the notorious editor of the Family Shakespeare (1818) and an acquaintance of James Beattie. The Bowdler family was equally remarkable for the strength of its piety and the number of its publications. After an attack of small pox, Jane Bowdler spent the last decade of her life as an invalid at the family home near Bath; her two volumes of poems went through some twenty editions in Britain and America. She contributed verses to Lady Miller's salon at Bath-Easton. Curiously, none of Bowdler's very popular poems were reprinted in the Dyce or Rowton collections of women poets.


TEXT RECORDS:

1775 ca.Envy, a Fragment.

PUBLICATIONS:

Poems and essays by a lady lately deceased. 2 vols, 1786.
Hymns on various subjects. 1806.