Judith Madan

(1702—1781) gentlewoman and poet

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(1702–81) Poet, from a powerful family; aunt of William Cowper, and friend of Alexander Pope, who encouraged her writing. Her response to Pope's ‘Eloisa to Abelard’, called ‘Abelard to Eloisa’, written in 1720, appeared in 1728; ‘The Progress of Poetry’, written c.1721, appeared in 1731. Much else remains unpublished.

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