Dorothy Osborne

(1627—1695) letter writer

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married William Temple in 1654. Her letters to him during the period 1652–4 were published in an edition by Parry (1888), followed by G. C. Moore‐Smith's more scholarly edition in 1928. The letters provide an intimate picture of the life, manners, and reading habits of the times, and particularly of a woman's attitudes to marriage and filial duty.

Subjects: Literature.

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