1827 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hannah Cowley

Alexander Dyce, in Specimens of British Poetesses, selected and chronologically arranged (1827) 283.



HANNAH COWLEY, born 1743, died 1809. This successful dramatist was the daughter of a Mr. Parkhouse of Tiverton, and wife of a gentleman in the service of the East India Company. It is remarkable that she had very little pleasure in theatrical representations.

Besides her plays, of which The Belle's Stratagem still continues deservedly popular, she wrote "a gazette in rhyme," called The Siege of Acre, poems under the name of Anna Matilda, &c.