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Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley (1689-1762).

A witty and unusually learned woman of London society, Lady Mary is known mainly as a letter writer. Her personal correspondence was so cultivated and polished that it was almost a literary creation. Lady Mary eloped with Edward Wortley Montagu in order to avoid the marriage her father had arranged for her. She traveled with her husband to Constantinople, where he served as the English ambassador to Turkey. On her return she introduced the Turkish method of inoculation against smallpox, starting with her own two children. Lady Mary was a cousin of Henry Fielding, whom she helped in his early career. She was also friendly with Joseph Addison and Richard Steele, the periodical writers, and with Alexander Pope until she and Pope had a political disagreement. Pope attacked her in his Epistle to a Lady.

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Author:McCoy, Kathleen; Harland, Judith A.V.
Publication:English Literature to 1785
Article Type:Reference Source
Date:Jan 1, 1992
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