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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: Comet of the Enlightenment

Isobel Grundy


This book looks at Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's achievement as a vital figure in the women's literary tradition. Robert Halsband's book on her life, the sixth this century and published in 1956, was the first to apply scholarly techniques to establishing the facts. The inaccurate accounts given before Halsband testify to Lady Mary's compelling interest as a woman who wrote, travelled, campaigned publicly for medical advance, gossiped, and was involved in high-profile literary quarrels. Knowledge of her life has made considerable gains since Halsband, as understanding of the issues involved in t ... More

Keywords: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Robert Halsband, feminist reading, women's writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198187653
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187653.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isobel Grundy, author
University of Alberta

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