Mary, Lady Chudleigh
Last revised 9 July 1999
- Hilda Smith and Susan Cardinale, eds., Women and
Literature of the Seventeenth Century: An Annotated Bibliography
Based on Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (Greenwood, N.J.:
Garland Press, 1990). Includes an inaccurate reference to a 1684
poem supposedly addressed to Chudleigh which does not actually
appear in cited volume.
- The Poems and Prose of Mary, Lady Chudleigh, ed.
Margaret J. M. Ezell (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993).
- The Ladies Defence (London, 1701).
- Poems on Several Occasions (London, 1703). The 1709
edition includes The Ladies Defence; reprinted in 1713
with slight modification of pagination; in 1722 labeled as
"corrected" but differs from 1713 only in title page, ornaments,
and pagination; 3rd and final edition 1750.
- Essays Upon Several Subjects (London, 1710).
- Elizabeth Thomas, Pylades and Corinna (London, 1731).
Contains several letters between Thomas and Chudleigh.
- The Poetical Works of Philip Late Duke of Wharton
(London, 1731). Letters between Thomas and Chudleigh.
- British Library MSS Stowe 223, f. 398. Chudleigh's last
letter written to Sophia, Electress of Hanover, 8 October, 1710,
- British Library MSS Stowe 224, f. 1. Reply to Sophia's letter
by Chudleigh's son Thomas with an account of Chudleigh's final
Selected Teaching Editions
- Moira Fergusson, ed., The First Feminists: British Women
Writers 1578-1799 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press,
1985). Includes all of The Ladies Defence and the short
poems "To the Ladies" and "To Lerinda" from Poems on Several
Occasions. There is an innaccurate bibliographical reference
to manuscripts by Chudleigh being held at the Huntington and
- Roger Lonsdale, ed., Eighteenth-Century Women Poets: An
Oxford Anthology (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989).
Contains an excerpt from The Ladies Defence, "To the
Ladies," and "The Resolve." It continues the erroneous citation
of manuscripts held and Huntington and Houghton Libraries but
provides good bibliographical entry on published works.
- Robert DeMaria, Jr., ed., British Literature 1640-1789: An
Anthology (London: Blackwell, 1996). Contains an excerpt from
The Ladies Defence, "To the Ladies," and "Friendship."
Sensible headnote and useful annotations.
- George Ballard, Memoirs of Several Ladies of Great Britain
who have been Celebrated for their Writings or Skill in the
Leanred Languages, Arts and Sciences, ed. Ruth Perry
(Detroit: Wayne State Univ. Press, 1985). Important early printed
source of information about Chudleigh's life; further notes for
entry contained in Bodleian MSS Ballard 37. 40. 41, 74, including
a family memoir.
- "Chudleigh, Mary," in Dictionary of National
Biography. Entry inaccurate about parents, number of
children, and general family details.
- "Chudleigh, Mary," in A Dictionary of British and American
Women Writers, 1660-1800, ed. Janet Todd (London: Methuen,
1987). Incomplete information about family.
- Joshua Scodel, "Lyric Forms," in The Cambridge Companion
to English Literature 1650-1740, ed. Steven N. Zwicker
(Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1998), 120-42. A useful brief
discussion of Chudleigh's use of the Pindaric form.
- "Introduction," in The Poems and Prose of Mary, Lady
Chudleigh, ed. Maraget J. M. Ezell (New York: Oxford Univ.
Press, 1993). Contains recent information concerning Chudleigh's
parents, children, and literary career and situating her as a
- Marilyn Williamson, Raising Their Voices: British Women
Writers, 1650-1750 (Detroit: Wayne State Univ. Press, 1990).
- Hilda Smith, Reason's Disciples: Seveteenth-Century
English Feminists (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1982).
- Antony Coleman, "The Provok'd Wife and The Ladies
Defense," Notes and Queries, n.s. 17 (March 1970):
88-91. Investigates links between the character Sir John Brute in
Vanbrugh's play and Chudleigh's satire.
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