At a time when women writers seem to be particularly
successful - J.K.Rowling consistently tops the publishing charts
ahead of the men – it’s easy to forget that they
haven’t always been so readily accepted.
"Whore is scarce a more reproachful name than
poetess” wrote the Earl of Rochester in the 1670s.
Largely restricted to producing hand written manuscript copies
of their work, women writers at that time risked social exclusion
and worse if their work was publicly exposed.
Now researchers from the University of Warwick have published an
anthology of 14 neglected women poets writing between 1589 and
"Early Modern Women's Manuscript Poetry" opens a
window on a fascinating world and brings a female voice to a time
which, up to now, has always been interpreted through the work of
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