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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762)

(source: http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/history/virtual/portrait/)


  • Halsband, Robert. 1956. The Life of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Oxford, Clarendon Press.

  • Grundy, Isobel. 1999. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: Comet of the Enlightenment, Oxford University Press.

Online resources 


  • Halsband, Robert (ed.). 1966. The Complete Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. 3 Vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

  • Halsband, Robert. 1965. “Lady Mary Wortley Montagu as Letter-Writer”. Publications of the Modern Language Association of America 80, 155-163.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s language  

  • Tieken-Boon van Ostade, Ingrid. 1985. “Do-Support in the Writings of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: A Change in Progress”. Folia Linguistica Historica, 6.127-151 .

Of further interest 

  • Black, Jeremy. 1984. “Lady Mary Reports”. The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats, Philadelphia (Scriblerian), 17. 82.  

  • Bohls, Elizabeth A. 1994. Aesthetics and Orientalism in Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s Letters”. Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 23. 179-205

  • Carlisle-Schwartz, Kathryn. 1976. “The Rhetorical Resources of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu”. Dissertation Abstracts International 37, 2901A-02A.

  • Dobie, Madeleine. 1994. “Embodying Oriental Women: Representation and Voyeurism in Montesquieu, Montagu and Ingres”. Cincinnati Romance Review. 13. 51-60.

  • Drew, Elizabeth A. 1964. The Literature of Gossip: Nine English Letter Writers. New York, Toronto: Norton, McLeod.  

  • Gardner, Kevin J. 1998. “The Aesthetics of Intimacy: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and Her Readers”. Papers on Language and Literature. 34. 113-133.

  • Grundy, Isobel. 1993. “Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s ‘Italian Memoir’”. The Age of Johnson 6. 321-46.

  • Grundy. Isobel. 1994. “Books and the Woman: An Eighteenth-Century Owner and Her Libraries”. English Studies in Canada 20. 1-22

  • Halsband, Robert. 1966. “Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and Eighteenth-Century Fiction”. Phililogical Quarterly 45. 145-156.

  • Horwath, Peter. 1988. “Identifying Place Names in Hungary used by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu”. English Language Notes. 25. 36-39.

  • Kietzman, Mary-Jo. 1998. “Montagu’s Turkish Embassy Letters and Cultural Dislocation”. Studies in English Literature 38. 537-551.

  • Knipp, Charles C. 1974. “Types of Orientalism in Eighteenth-Century England”. Dissertation Abstracts International, Ann Arbor, MI, 35, 2944A-45A.

  • Mahaffey, Lois Kathleen. 1963. “Alexander Pope and His Sappho: Pope’s Relationship with Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and Its Influence on His Work”. Dissertation Abstracts, Ann Arbor, MI, 24, 2480.

  • Meyer-Spacks, Patricia. 1983. “Borderlands: Letters and Gossip”. The Georgia Review. 37. 791-813.

  • Rubenstein, Jill. 1986. “Women’s Biography as a Family Affair: Lady Louisa Stuart’s ‘Biographical Anecdotes’ of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu”. Prose Studies. 9. 3-21.

  • Sherman, Sandra. 1995. “Instructing the ‘Empire of Beauty’: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and the Politics of Female Rationality”. South-Atlantic Review, Atanta; 60. 1-26.

  • Snyder, Elizabeth. 1997.Female Heroism and Legal Discourse in Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s ‘Epistle from Mrs. Y(onge) to Her Husband”. English Language Notes. 34. 10-22.

  • Wall, Cynthia. 1992. “Pope’s Correspondence with (and without) Lady Mary”. Philological Quarterly. 71. 221-237.


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