1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Leapor

Isaac Reed, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1782) 1:278-79.



MARY LEAPOR. Is one of the instances which may be produced of the powers of natural genius, little assisted by education. She was the daughter of a person who, at the time of her birth, the 26th of February 1722, was gardener to judge Blencowe, at Marston St. Laurence, in Northamptonshire. She was brought up under the care of a pious and sensible mother, who died a few years before her. The little education which she received, consisted wholly in being taught to read and write. She began at a very early age to compose verses, at first with the approbation of her parents, who afterwards, imagining an attention to poetry would be prejudicial to her, endeavoured by every possible means to discountenance her in such pursuits. These, however, were ineffectual, and she was at last left to follow the bent of her genius and inclination. She died of the measles, the 12th of November 1746, at Brackley; and after her death two volumes of poems were printed in 8vo. in 1748 and 1751; in the latter of which is

The Unhappy Father. T.
Some acts of a second play.