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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820sThe Long Eighteenth Century$
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Jennie Batchelor and Manushag N. Powell

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474419659

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419659.001.0001

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Dunton and Singer after the Athenian Mercury: Two Plots of Platonic Love

Dunton and Singer after the Athenian Mercury: Two Plots of Platonic Love

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(p.87) 5 Dunton and Singer after the Athenian Mercury: Two Plots of Platonic Love
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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820s
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Dustin D. Stewart

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419659.003.0006

Dustin Stewart revisits the well-known but poorly understood relationship between John Dunton and Elizabeth Singer Rowe, the ‘Pindarick Lady’ whose poetry became a major feature of Dunton’s game-changing Athenian Mercury (1691–7). Rowe’s periodical verse, often downplayed by modern critics, was pivotal in shaping her future fame and career, argues Stewart, as she and Dunton, as well as contemporary figures such as John Norris and Mary Astell, navigated differing views on the theme of ‘Platonick Love.’ Through Dunton, Rowe evolved from reader to periodicalist to poet, making good use of her early work and eventually leaving Dunton behind.

Keywords:   Elizabeth Singer Rowe, John Dunton, Mary Astell, John Norris, Athenian Mercury, ‘Platonick Love’, periodical poetry, women poets

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