'It is more to my personal happiness and advantage to indulge the love and admiration of excellence, than to cherish a secret envy of it.' -Elizabeth Montagu Our woman writer of the month for May is Elizabeth Montagu, a [...]
Our second woman writer of the month is Elizabeth Blackwell, whose influential and beautifully illustrated A Curious Herbal is in the Chawton House Library collection. Elizabeth Blackwell, a 1737 lithograph by Villain. Elizabeth Blackwell (nee Blachrie), a [...]
Today is National Poetry Day. We remember Charlotte Turner Smith (1749-1806), poet and novelist: 'the first poet in England whom in retrospect we would call Romantic' as the editor of her verse, Stuart Curran, writes. Next week, scholars of [...]
Frances Burney (1752 –1840): described as ‘the Mother of English Fiction’ by Virginia Woolf in 1918.
Aphra Behn (1640-1689): England’s first major professional woman writer.