A Garden of One's Own: <i>Isabella Whitney's Revision of [Hugh] Plat's</i> Floures of Philosophic (1572) <i>in Her</i> Sweet Nosgay <i>(1573)</i>

Meredith Anne Skura

in Tudor Autobiography

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780226761879
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226761886 | DOI:
A Garden of One's Own: Isabella Whitney's Revision of [Hugh] Plat's Floures of Philosophic (1572) in Her Sweet Nosgay (1573)

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This chapter discusses Isabella Whitney, the first woman in the sixteenth century who is known to have published original secular poetry. Her quasi-autobiographical A Sweet Nosgay (1573) has been treated primarily as a valuable source of information about women of her class in service in London when she was there, but she deserves closer attention as an inventive autobiographer as well. Like an “outsider” artist today, she drew on popular literary forms of representation as well as elite, and she put together an engaging and effective structure to convey her life story.

Keywords: Isabella Whitney; A Sweet Nosgay; secular poetry; women poets; autobiographer; London

Chapter.  7304 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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