Journal Article

‘Ephelia’ and the Duchess

Harold Love

in The Review of English Studies

Volume 58, issue 234, pages 175-185
Published in print April 2007 | ISSN: 0034-6551
Published online April 2007 | e-ISSN: 1471-6968 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/res/hgl146
‘Ephelia’ and the Duchess

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The strongly promoted attribution of the verse of late-seventeenth century woman poet ‘Ephelia’ to Mary Howard, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox, should be rejected. Maureen E. Mulvihill's arguments for it are vitiated by circular reasoning and uncritical use of evidence. They also require explaining away much apparently autobiographical reference in the works as fraudulent or part of an elaborate private code. Taking these references at their face value is more likely to bring about a satisfactory identification.

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Postcolonial Literature) ; Literary Studies (American) ; Literary Studies (British and Irish)

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