Journals Higher Education



Published: 22 March 2001

703 Pages | numerous halftones, 2 maps


ISBN: 9780198187653

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Comet of the Enlightenment

Isobel Grundy

  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) is one of the most important women writers between Aphra Behn and Jane Austen, and one of the period's most provocative and entertaining writers of either sex
  • Lady Mary has a compelling interest as a woman who wrote, travelled, campaigned publicly for medical advance, gossiped, and was involved in high-profile literary quarrels. Montagu is a key figure in the emerging women's literary tradition
  • This book highlights Montagu's adolescent longing for literary fame, her conflicted negotiations with manuscript culture and the new world of print, and the punitive responses of her society to her challenging public oeuvre