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Margaret P. Hannay
Siena College (Loudonville, NY 12211-1462)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

[Grant products][Media coverage][Prizes]

$37,800 (approved)
$33,600 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2008 – 8/31/2008

Lady Mary Wroth, 17th-Century English Writer: A Biography

LADY MARY WROTH: "A SYDNEY THOUGH UNNAMED" will be the first critical biography of this remarkable seventeenth-century writer, the first English woman to write an original drama, the first to write a Petrarchan sonnet sequence, and the first to write a prose romance. Based extensively on primary evidence (e.g., letters, account books, dedications, parish records, wills, chancery records, and land grants) the biography will emphasize Wroth's literary heritage as a Sidney, her pioneering role in women's writing, and her active engagement with English and Continental politics. It will include new findings on her childhood, her marriage, the lives of her natural children William and Katherine Herbert, her later life, the date of her death, and the probable fate of her lost writings.