Elizabeth Montagu

(1720—1800) author and literary hostess

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a celebrated member of the Blue Stocking Circle. Dr Johnson was amazed by her ‘radiations of intellectual excellence’ and dubbed her ‘Queen of the Blues’. Many young authors, such as Beattie and R. Price, were befriended by her hospitality, encouragement, and gifts of money. She wrote the first three of George Lyttelton's Dialogues of the Dead (1760) and an Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespeare (1769) refuting the strictures of Voltaire.

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