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Masters, Marylocked

(fl. 1733–1755)
  • Patricia Demers


Masters, Mary (fl. 1733–1755), poet and letter-writer, was born of humble parents who, by her admission, 'always brow-beat and discountenanc'd … her Genius to Poetry' (Masters, Poems, preface, A2), her father endeavouring 'to prevent [her] from acquiring the use of the Pen or a proper Pronunciation in Reading', since he maintained that 'Writing would only qualify [women] for intrigue' (...

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