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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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Frances Brooke, Editor, and the Making of the Old Maid (1755–1756)

Frances Brooke, Editor, and the Making of the Old Maid (1755–1756)

(p.342) 22 Frances Brooke, Editor, and the Making of the Old Maid (1755–1756)
Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820s

Kathryn R. King

Edinburgh University Press

Kathryn King’s essay takes as its focus Frances Brooke’s Old Maid (1755–6), one of several crucial texts in a burst of female periodical editorial activity at mid-century. It offers a fresh reading of information about the Old Maid’s contributors, focusing especially on the marginal notes to the original issues inscribed by the paper’s chief contributor Lord Orrery. These annotations, King reveals, constitute a largely unquarried source of information about Brooke’s practices and her understanding of her role as editor. They moreover, cast light on her ambiguous relationship with the nobleman who supplied nearly a quarter of the paper’s contents. Brooke’s own contributions receive dedicated attention before King concludes by assessing why the female editor is often passed over in the stories we tell of female authorship in the eighteenth century.

Keywords:   Frances Brooke, Old Maid, Lord Orrery, editing practices, women editors, periodicals, mid-century, marginalia, periodical contributors

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