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Mary Leapor (1722-1746) was the kitchen-maid daughter of a Northamptonshire gardener. In the past 15 years, her works have been recovered from deep obscurity and she has been widely recognized as possibly the most important woman poet of the eighteenth century. This new edition, the first in 250 years, provides an accurate text of all her known works, including prose and drama. The volume has a substantial introduction summarizing all that is known of her life and providing an over-view of current scholarship. It also provides textual notes and detailed commentary on individual works. This long-anticipated edition is expected to become a landmark in eighteenth-century studies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198182924
ISBN-10: 0198182929
Format: Hardback
(223mm x 147mm x 24mm)
Pages: 404
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Mary Leapor

Richard Greene was born in 1961 in St. John's, Newfoundland. He took a BA in English from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1983. He matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford, in 1984, and was granted his doctorate in English in 1991. From 1990-1995, he taught at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Since 1995, he has taught at the University of Toronto, where he is an associate professor. Ann Parshall Messenger, born in 1933, grew up in the United States and was educated at Oberlin College, Cornell University and Somerville College, Oxford. After a brief period teaching at the University of British Columbia, she joined the faculty at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, where she was made Professor of English. She died in 1996.