Laetitia Pilkington

Laetitia Pilkington

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Laetitia Pilkington (born Laetitia van Lewen) (c. 1709 - July 29, 1750) was a celebrated Anglo-Irish poet and important source of information on the early 18th century. Her Memoirs are the source of much of what is known of the personalities and habits of Jonathan Swift and others. Laetitia was born of two distinguished families. Her father was a physician and obstetrician, eventually the president of the College of Physicians for Ireland, and her mother was the niece of Sir John Meade. She was born either in Cork, where her parents lived at their marriage, or Dublin, where they moved by 1711. She married Matthew Pilkington in 1725, a rising priest in the Church of Ireland, and the couple were introduced to Jonathan Swift at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin in 1725. Swift enjoyed their company immensely, and he sought to benefit them in 1730 with the monies from a Miscellany of Irish wit that was never published. At that point, Swift already noted the literary skill of both Pilkingtons, calling them "a little young poetical parson, who has a littler young poetical wife" (Elias 322).
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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 145g
  • Lect Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6134922323
  • 9786134922326