1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hannah Cowley

Isaac Reed, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1782) 1:102-03.



Mrs. H. COWLEY. This lady is the wife of a person who enjoys a place in the stamp-office, and who is supposed to employ himself as a writer in some of the newspapers. From a dedication to The Maid of Arragon, a Tale, she appears to be the daughter of Mr. Parkhouse of Tiverton, in Devonshire, and was said, when her first play was produced, to have been related to the family of the celebrated Mr. Gay. She has been a successful writer for the stage, each of her performances having met with applause. The names of them are as follow.

1. The Runaway. C. 8vo. 1776.
2. Who's the Dupe? F. 8vo. 1779.
3. Albina. T. 8vo. 1779.
4. The Belle's Stratagem. C. 1780. N. P.
5. The School for Eloquence. I. 1780. N. P.