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Martha Fowke Sansom (1689–1736)

Edited by Lisa L. Moore, Joanna Brooks and Caroline Wigginton

in Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199743483
Published online March 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190252830 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199743483.003.0011
Martha Fowke Sansom (1689–1736)

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As a young woman, Martha Fowke Sansom was fascinated with seventeenth-century French novels that celebrated Platonic love. She wrote her first love poems for her father’s mistresses and published several of them beginning in 1711. In 1720, Sansom published Epistles of Clio and Strephon, a romantic poetic correspondence with a man named William Bond. At the age of 34, she wrote her autobiography, Clio: or, a Secret History of the Life and Amours of the Late Celebrated Mrs. S-n—m. Written by Herself, in a Letter to Hillarius. Many of Sansom’s love poems were addressed to her lover Nicholas Hope who lived in Barbados. This chapter features one of Sansom’s poems, “On being charged with Writing incorrectly” (1710).

Keywords: love poems; Martha Fowke Sansom; Epistles of Clio and Strephon; William Bond; autobiography; Nicholas Hope; Barbados; On being charged with Writing incorrectly

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Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literature

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