Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea
Last revised 22 March 1999
- Miscellany Poems, on Several Occasions: Written by a
Lady (London: printed for J[ohn] B[arber] and sold by Benj.
Tooke at the Middle-Temple Gate, William Taylor in
Pater-Noster-Row, and James Round in Exchange-Alley, Cornhill,
- The Poems of Anne Countess of Winchilsea, ed. Myra
Reyholds (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1903).
- Selected Poems, ed. Denys Thompson (Manchester:
- Selected Poems of Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea,
ed. Katharine Rogers (New York: Ungar, 1979).
- The Wellesley Manuscript Poems of Anne Countess of
Winchilsea, ed. Jean M. Ellis D'Alessandro (Florence:
privately printed, 1988).
- The Anne Finch Wellesley Manuscript Poems: A Critical
Edition, ed. Barbara McGovern and Charles H. Hinnant (Athens:
Univ. of Georgia Press, 1998).
Archives and Depositories
- British Library, London: Harleian MS 7316 (Second
Quarto Book, Satyrs and Lampoons).
- Folger Shakespeare Library: Anne Finch folio MS,
"Miscellany Poems with Two Plays by Ardelia."
- Northamptonshire Record Office, Delapre Abbey,
Northampton: Finch-Hatton MS 283 (octavo MS of Anne Finch's
"Poems on Several Subjects. Written by Ardelia").
- Wellesley College, Margaret Clapp Library: Anne Finch
Selected Teaching Editions and Anthologies
- Louise Bernikow, ed., The World Split Open: Four Centuries
of Women Poets in England and America, 1552-1950 (New York:
- Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, eds., The Norton
Anthology of Literature by Women (New York: Norton, 1985).
- Roger Lonsdale, Eighteenth-Century Women Poets: An Oxford
Anthology (Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1989).
- Katharine Rogers and William McCarthy, eds., The Meridian
Anthology of Early Women Writers: British Women from Aphra Behn
to Maria Edgeworth, 1660-1800 (New York: NAL, 1987).
- Frederic Rowtons, The Female Poets of Great Britain
(Detroit: Wayne State Univ. Press, 1981).
- William Wordsworth, comp., Poems and Extracts Chosen by
William Wordsorth for an Album Presented to Lady Mary Lowther,
Christmas, 1819, introd. by Harold Littledale (London:
- Barbara McGovern, Anne Finch and Her Poetry. A Critical
Biography (Athens: Univ. of Georgia Press, 1992).
- Alison Adburgham, Women in Print: Writing Women and
Women's Magazines from the Restoration to the Accession of
Victoria (London: Allen, 1972).
- S. Austin Allibone, A Critical Dictionary of English
Literature, and British and American Authors Living and Deceased
from the Earliest Accounts to the Middle of the Nineteenth
Century: Containing Thirty-Thousand Biographies and Literary
Notices: With Forty Indexes of Subjects, 8 vols.
(Phildelphia: Childs and Peterson, 1859).
- George Ballard, Memoirs of Several Ladies who Have Been
Celebrated for Their Writings or Skill in the Learned Languages,
Arts and Sciences (Oxford, 1752).
- Biographia Brittanica (London, 1763).
- Thomas Birch et. al., The General Dictionary, 10 vols.
- John Duncombe, The Feminiad or Female Genius (London,
- Margaret Drabble, ed., The Oxford Companion to English
Literature, 5th ed. (Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1985).
- Thomas Fuller, The History of the Worthies of England
(1662); a new ed. with a few explanatory notes, by John Nichols,
2 vols. (London, 1811).
- Sarah Hale, Women's Record (New York, 1853).
- The London Encyclopedia, ed. Ben Weinrab and
Christopher Hibbert (London: Macmillan, 1983).
- John Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the
Eighteenth Century, Consisting of Authentic Memoirs and Original
Letters of Eminent Persons, and Intended as a Sequel to the
"Literary Anecdotes," 8 vols. (London: Nichols, Son, and
- John Nichols, Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth
Century, 8 vols. (London: Nichols, Son, and Bentley,
- Mary Prior, ed., Women in English Society, 1500-1800
(London: Methuen, 1985).
- Ann Stanford, ed., The Women Poets in English (New
York: McGraw, 1972).
- Roger Thompson, Women in Stuart England and American: A
Comparative Study (London: Routledge, 1974).
- Janet Todd, ed., British Women Writers (New York:
- Janet Todd, ed., Dictionary of British and American Women
Writers, 1660-1800 (Totowa: Roman; London: Methuen, 1985).
- J. R. Tutin, Four Early English Poetesses (London:
- Jane Williams, The Literary Women of England (London:
Saunders, Otley, 1861).
Monographs and Articles
- Paul B. Anderson, Paul B. "Mrs. Manley's Texts of Three of
Lady Winchilsea's Poems," Modern Language Notes 45 (1930):
- Carol Barash, English Women's Poetry, 1649-1714: Politics,
Community, and Linguistic Authority (Oxford: Clarendon Press,
- Carol Barash, "The Political Origins of Anne Finch's Poetry,"
Huntington Library Quarterly 54, no. 4 (Fall 1991):
- Thomas F. Bonnell, "Collins, Lady Winchilsea, and the Pursuit
of the Muse," in Teaching Eighteenth-Century Poetry, ed.
Christopher Fox (New York: AMS Press, 1990), 273-89.
- Lucy Brashear, "Finch's 'The Bird and the Arras,'"
Explicator 3 (1981): 21-22.
- Ruben A. Brower, "Lady Winchilsea and the Poetic Tradition of
the Seventeenth Century," Studies in Philology 42 (1945):
- Iona Bulgin, "Attempting the Pen: Anne Finch's Defence of a
Woman's Right to be a Poet," in TransAtlantic Crossings:
Eighteenth-Century Explorations (St. John's: Memorial
University of Newfoundalnd, 1995), pp. 1-10.
- John Buxton, "The Poems of the Countess of Winchilsea,"
Life and Letters 65 (1950): 195-204. Rpt. in A
Tradition of English Poetry (New York: St. Martin's 1967).
- Jean Ellis D'Alessandro, "Anne Countess of Winchilsea and the
Whole Duty of Women: Socio-Cultural Inference in a Reading of
'The Introduction,'" Lingue del Mondon 52, nos. 5/6
- Edmund Dowden, "A Noble Authoress." Essays Modern and
Elizabethan (London: Dent, 1910).
- John Eames, "Sir William Kingsmill (1613-1661) and His
Poetry," English Studies: A Journal of English Language and
Literature 67, no. 2 (1986): 126-56.
- Hoxie Neale Fairchild, Religious Trends in English
Poetry (New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1939).
- Edmund Gosse, Gossip in a Library, 2 vols. (New York:
- Germaine Greer, "Wordsworth and Winchilsea: The Progress of
an Error," in The Nature of Identity: Essays Presented to
Donald E. Hayden by the Graduate Faculty of Modern Letters
(Tulsa: Univ. of Tulsa, 1981), 1-13.
- Elizabeth Hampsten, "Petticoat Authors: 1660-1720,"
Women's Studies 7 (1980): 21-38.
- Elizabeth Hampsten, Introduction: "Poems by Anne Finch,"
Women Studies 7 (1980): 5-19.
- Charles H. Hinnant, The Poetry of Anne Finch: An Essay in
Interpretation (Newark, Del.: Univ. of Delaware Press, 1994).
- Charles H. Hinnant, "Song and Speech in Anne Finch's 'To the
Nightingale,'" Studies in English Literature, 31, no. 3
(Summer, 1991): 499-513.
- Charles H. Hinnant, "Feminism and Femininity: A
Reconsideration of Anne Finch's 'Ardelia's Answer to Ephelia,'"
The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 33
- Helen Sard Hughes, "Lady Winchilsea and Her Friends,"
London Mercury 19 (1929): 624-35.
- Lesley Johnstone, "Winchilsea's 'Nocturnal Reverie,' Lines
4-6," Explicator 41 (1983): 20.
- Lesley Johnstone, "Winchilsea's 'Nocturnal Reverie,' Lines
25-28," Explicator 41 (1983): 2-21.
- Jennifer Keith, "The Poetics of Anne Finch," Studies in
English Literature 38 (1998): 465-80.
- Jean Mallinson, "Anne Finch: A Woman Poet and the Tradition,"
in Gender at Work: Four Women Writers of the Eighteenth
Century, ed. Ann Messenger (Detroit: Wayne State Univ. Press,
- Barbara McGovern, "Finch, Pope, and Swift: The Bond of
Displacement," in Pope, Swift, and Women Writers, ed.
Donald C. Mell (Newark: Univ. of Delaware Press, 1996), 105-24.
- Dorothy Mermin, "Women Becoming Poets: Katherine Philips,
Aphra Behn, Anne Finch," ELH 57 (1990): 335-55.
- Ann P. Messenger, "'Adam Pos'd': Metaphysical and Augustan
Satire," West Coast Review 8 (1974): 10-11.
- Ann P. Messenger, "Lady Winchilsea and Twice-Fallen Women,"
Atlantis 3 (1978): 82-98.
- Ann P. Messenger, "Publishing Without Perishing: Lady
Winchilsea's Miscellany Poems of 1713," Restoration: Studies
in English Literature Culture, 1660-1700 5 (1981): 27-37.
- Ann P. Messenger, "Selected Nightingales and an 'Augustan'
Sensibility," English Studies in Canada 6 (1980): 145-53.
Rev. and rpt. as "Selected Nightingales: Anne Finch, Countess of
Winchilsea, et al.," in His and Hers: Essays in Restoration
and Eighteenth-Century Literature (Lexington: Univ. of
Kentucky Press, 1986), 71-83.
- John Middleton Murry, "Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea,"
New Adelphi 1 (1927): 145-53.
- John Middleton Murry, "The Countess of Winchilsea," in
Countries of the Mind (London: Oxford Univ. Press, 1931).
- Douglas Lane Patey, "Anne Finch, John Dyer, and the Georgic
Syntax of Nature," in Augustan Subjects: Essays in Honor of
Martin C. Battestin, ed. Albert J. Rivero (Newark: Univ. of
Delaware Press, 1997), pp. 29-46.
- Myra Reynolds, The Learned Lady in England, 1650-1760
(Boston: Houghton, 1920).
- Mabel L. Robinson, "Lady Winchilsea: A Modernist," Sewanee
Review 25 (1917): 412-21.
- Katharine Rogers, "Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea: An
Augustan Woman Poet," in Shakespeare's Sisters: Feminist
Essays on Women Poets, ed. Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar
(Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press, 1979), 32-46.
- Katharine Rogers, Feminism in Eighteenth-Century
England (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1982).
- Katharine Rogers, "Finch's 'Candid Account' vs.
Eighteenth-Century Theories of the Spleen," Mosaic 22
- Ruth Salvaggio, Enlightened Absence: Neoclassical
Configurations of the Feminine (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois
- John F. Sena, "Melancholy in Anne Finch and Elizabeth Carter:
The Ambivalence of an Idea," Yearbook of English Studies 1
- Denys Thompson, "Anne Finch," PN Review 8 (1982):
- William Wordsworth, "Essay, Supplementary to the Preface to
the Second Edition of the Lyrical Ballads," vol. 3 of The
Prose Works of William Wordsworth, ed. W. J. B. Owen and Jane
W. Smyser, 3 vols. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1974).
- Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own (1929; repr. New
York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1957).
- William J. Cameron, "Anne, Countess of Winchsea: A Guide for
the Future Biographer," Thesis, Victoria College, Wellington,
- Ann Longknife, "A Preface to an Edition of the Works of Anne
Finch, Countess of Winchilsea," Dissertation, University of
- D. G. Neill, "Studies for an Edition of the Poems of Anne,
Countess of Winchilsea, Consisting of a Bibliography of Her Poems
and a Study of All Available Manuscripts," Thesis, New College,
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