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  Yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing the innovative new play, Letters to Emma by playwright Dr Carolyn Scott Jeffs at the Lichfield Garrick theatre. The play features the ‘Swan of Lichfield’, poet and biographer Anna Seward (1742-1809), an eighteenth-century author who was friends with Samuel Johnson, Erasmus Darwin (grandfather of Charles), and James Boswell. […]

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I was asked at a recent talk if I had any favorites amongst the early modern women I research and write about, and Brilliana Conway, later Lady Harley (c 1600-1643) sprang to mind. We included a selection from her commonplace book written in 1622 and from her personal letters in our anthology Flesh and Spirit […]

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