Mary Barber

Mary Barber

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Mary Barber (c.1685 - c.1755), poet, was a member of Swift's circle. Barber's parents are unknown; she married Rupert Barber (d. 1777?), a Dublin woollen draper, and had nine children, four of whom survived to adulthood. She wrote, in the preface to her Poems, that she wrote mainly in order to educate her children, but most commentators agree that she had a larger audience in view and was considerably engaged with intervening in wider social and political issues, as she did with "The Widow's Address" when she argued on behalf of the widow of an army officer. She is an example of the eighteenth-century phenomenon of the "untutored poet, or 'natural genius'" an artist of unprepossessing background who achieved the patronage of literary or aristocratic notables.show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 122g
  • CIV
  • United States
  • English
  • 6134921440
  • 9786134921442