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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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‘A lasting wreath of various hue’: Hannah Cowley, the Della Cruscan Affair, and the Medium of the Periodical Poem

‘A lasting wreath of various hue’: Hannah Cowley, the Della Cruscan Affair, and the Medium of the Periodical Poem

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(p.113) 7 ‘A lasting wreath of various hue’: Hannah Cowley, the Della Cruscan Affair, and the Medium of the Periodical Poem
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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820s
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Tanya M. Caldwell

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419659.003.0008

The flirty poetic back-and-forth between Anna Matilda (Hannah Cowley) and Della Crusca (Robert Merry) helped launch the fledgling World (1787–1851) into the rank of one of the most popular London periodicals of its age. Tanya Caldwell moves past the sensationalism of their exchange to evaluate the married dramatist Cowley’s choice to participate in it as a means of involving a woman’s voice and perspective in topical – even radical – discussions as well as traditional, and traditionally male-dominated, classic poetic forms. A generic innovator in the drama, Cowley is also shown to be a canny professional writer with respect to the possibilities periodical publication could offer to women like herself.

Keywords:   periodical poetry, Hannah Cowley, Della Cruscans, Mary Wells World (John Bell), Robert Merry, Anna Matilda, women poets, classical forms

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