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Bridget Hill

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206217

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206217.001.0001

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Literate and Literary Servants in Eighteenth-century Fact and Fiction

Literate and Literary Servants in Eighteenth-century Fact and Fiction

(p.225) 12 Literate and Literary Servants in Eighteenth-century Fact and Fiction

Bridget Hill

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the employment of literate and literary people as domestic servants in England during the 18th century. It suggests that literate servants came from the provinces. They were young people who decided to migrate to the city, particularly London, and that some of them became literate because their masters owned books and valued education. Several remarkable dramatists, novelists, and poets once worked as domestic servants. They include dramatist Jane Holt and poets Mary Collier, Robert Dodsley, and Mary Leapor.

Keywords:   domestic servants, literate servants, England, Jane Holt, Mary Collier, Robert Dodsley, Mary Leapor

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