Collected Poems and Prose
Collected Poems and Prose

Mary Lee Chudleigh
(1656 - 1710)

This person was submitted by Edith Kuiper


Full biography

Mary Lee Chudleigh was part of a group of intellectual women around Dryden, together with among others, Elizabeth Thomas, Mary Astell and Elizabeth Elstob. She started writing later in her life, and published The Ladies Defence: or the Bride-Woman's Counsellor answered: A Poem. In a Dialogue Between Sir John Brute, Sir William Loveall, Melissa, and a Parson (1701). The Poem is a response to the misogynist preachings at a wedding seremony by John Sprint (1699).



  • 1701 - The Ladies Defence: or the Bride - Woman's Counsellor answered: In a Dialogue Between Sir John Brute, Sir William Loveall, Melissa, and a Parson.
  • 1703 - The Ladies' Defence, Poems on Several Occasions
  • 1710 - Essays upon Several Subjects


Memoirs of Several Ladies of Great Britain, George Ballard

Web resources

Sunshine for women
Site Margaret Ezell
Burrial place and bio

Secondary literature

  • George Ballard (1752) Memoirs of Several ladies of Great Britain Who Have Been celebrated for Their Writing or Skill in the Learned Langauged, Arts, and Science, Detroit, Wayne State Press (1985).
  • Margaret J. M. Ezell (ed.) (1993) The Poems and Prose of Mary, Lady Chudleigh, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
  • Moira Ferguson (1985) First Feminists: British Women Writers 1578 - 1799, Bloomington, Indiana, Indiana University Press.
  • Hilda L. Smith (1982) Reason's Disciplies, Seventeenth - Century English Feminism, Urbana, University of Illinois
  • Arthur Lonsdale (ed.) (1989) Eighteenth-Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology, New York, Oxford University Press.
  • Karen O'Brien (2009) Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press

Libraries in which you can find work of Mary Lee Chudleigh

British Library (Letters)