In a well-known passage in A Room of One's personal, Virginia Woolf requested 'why ladies didn't write poetry within the Elizabethan age'. She went directly to speculate approximately an imaginary Judith Shakespeare who could have been destined for a profession as illustrious as that of her brother William, other than that she had none of his possibilities. the fact is that many girls wrote in the course of the 16th and 17th centuries and this assortment will serve to introduce sleek readers to
the complete number of women's writing during this interval from poems, prose and fiction to prophecies, letters, tracts and philosophy. the gathering starts with the poetry of Isabella Whitney, who labored in a gentlewoman's family in London within the past due 1560s, and ends with Aphra Behn who used to be hired as a undercover agent in
Amsterdam by way of Charles II. listed here are examples of the paintings of twelve girls writers, permitting the reader to pattern the various and energetic output of all periods and critiques, from artistcrats akin to Mary Wroth, Anne Clifford and Margaret Cavendish to ladies of imprecise heritage stuck up within the non secular ferment of the mid 17th century like Hester Biddle, Pricscilla Cotton and Mary Cole. the gathering contains 3 performs, and a beneficiant number of poetry, letters, diary, prose fiction,
religious polemic, prohecy and scienticficic hypothesis, delivering the reader the possibilility of tracing styles in the course of the works accrued and a few experience of old shifts and adjustments. the entire extracts are edited afresh from unique assets and the anthology contains complete notes,
both explanatory and textual.
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