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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

By Melville, Lewis

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Title: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu  
Author: Melville, Lewis
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Blackmask Online Collection
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Preface: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu has her niche in the history of medicine as having introduced inoculation from the Near East into England; but her principal fame is as a letter?writer. Of her gifts as a correspondent she was proud, and with reason. It was in all sincerity that in June, 1726, she wrote to her sister, Lady Mar: The last pleasures that fell in my way was Madame Sevigne?s letters: very pretty they are, but I assert, without the least vanity, that mine will be full as entertaining forty years hence. I advise you, therefore, to put none of them to the use of waste paper. And again, later in the year, she said half?humorously to the same correspondent: I writ to you some time ago a long letter, which I perceive never came to your hands: very provoking; it was certainly a chef d'oeuvre of a letter, and worthy any of the Sevigne?s or Grignan?s, crammed with news. That Lady Mary?s belief in herself was well founded no one has disputed. Even Horace Walpole, who detested her and made attacks on her whenever possible, said that in most of her letters the wit and style are superior to any letters I have ever read but Madame de Sevigne?s. A very pleasant tribute from one who had a goodly conceit of himself as a letter?writer.

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Table of Contents: Lady Mary Wortley Montague, 1 -- Lewis Melville, 1 -- Preface, 1 -- Chapter I. CHILDHOOD (1689?1703), 4 -- Chapter II. GIRLHOOD (1703?1710), 8 -- Chapter III. COURTSHIP, ELOPEMENT, AND MARRIAGE (1710?1712), 15 -- Chapter IV. EARLY MARRIED LIFE (1712?1714), 23 -- Chapter V. THE ACCESSION OF GEORGE I (1714), 28 -- Chapter VI. LADY MARY WORTLEY MONTAGU'S ACCOUNT OF THE COURT OF -- GEORGE I, 32 -- Chapter VII. AT HERRENHAUSEN AND ST. JAMES (1714?1716), 37 -- Chapter VIII. THE EMBASSY TO THE PORTE I (1716), 44 -- Chapter IX. THE EMBASSY TO THE PORTE II(1717?1718), 50 -- Chapter X. A SCANDAL, 59 -- Chapter XI. AT TWICKENHAM, 69 -- Chapter XII. A FAMOUS QUARREL, 76 -- Chapter XIII. ON THE CONTINENT (1739?1744), 87 -- Chapter XIV. LADY MARY AS A READER, 98 -- Chapter XV. LADY MARY ON EDUCATION AND WOMAN'S RIGHTS, 109 -- Chapter XVI. ON THE CONTINENT (1745?1760), 118 -- Chapter XVII. LAST YEARS (1760?1762), 133 -- Lady Mary Wortley Montague -- i


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