EN 348 -- Milton and the Seventeenth Century - 17th-Century Women Writers
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Seventeenth-Century Women Writers

For electronic texts, biographical information, bibliographies, and essays concerning the following writers, click on the links. More of these works are available in book form.

Elizabeth I (1533-1603)

For select poems and speeches.

Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots (1542-1587)

For basic information, visit Mary. Mary's sonnet sequence is not accessible on the Internet.

Aemilia Lanyer (1569-1645)

Biographical essay and poems on Aemilia Lanyer.

Elizabeth Cary (c.1584-1639)

Cary's major work is The Tragedy of Mariam, not yet available on the Internet. I will make it available to you in print form.

Lady Mary Wroth (c.1586-1640)

For Lady Wroth's Sonnet Sequence, Pamphilia to Amphilanthus.

Also see Pamphilia to Amphilanthus for the sonnet sequence preceded by an essay.

Anne Bradstreet (ca. 1612-72)

An important Anne Bradstreet WWW collection may be found at http://www.wwp.brown.edu/rwo/scm.tenthmuse.html

Patricia Caldwell's overview follows:

"The Tenth Muse is the first published collection of poetry from the English colonies in North America, and the first by an American woman poet, Anne Bradstreet. Published in England in 1650 without Bradstreet's knowledge or permission, the book affords an early glimpse of the Puritan sensibility that could produce true art. As promised by its title, The Tenth Muse is steeped in learning and the classics, but it is also a new-world poet's vision of the natural world, the meaning of history, and the challenge--especially to a woman--of writing poetry itself."

Another collection of select poetry and a brief biography is at Selected Poetry Of Anne Bradstreet.

... Note ...

The Brown University Women Writers Project is an important project concerning writings by women from the early modern period. I quote from the project description: "The mission of the Brown University Women Writers Project is to create, develop, and make accessible a state-of-the-art electronic textbase of women's writing in English before 1830."

The Emory Women Writers Resource Project, Professor Sheila Cavanagh, Director, comprises "a collection of edited and unedited texts by women writing in English from the seventeenth century through the nineteenth century. The Project is a pedagogical tool, designed to offer graduate and undergraduate students in various disciplines the opportunity to edit their own texts. Examples of graduate student work are available under the heading 'Edited Texts'."

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