Anne Halkett: Meditations

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  • Suzanne Trill (University of Edinburgh)

Despite extensive critical discussion of Lady Anne Halkett’s “Memoirs”, to date the majority of her texts have received little or no critical attention. This may in part be because, as one commentator puts it, they were “mainly religious writings, which seem to have been worthy, but little more” (Stevenson, 1996. 202). Thus far marginalised for their content and condemned for their style, Halkett’s extensive collection of “Select” and “Occationall meditations” is only recently acquiring the critical attention it so richly deserves. Margaret J. M. Ezell and Susan Wiseman initiated this shift, and my own recently published edition aims to encourage further work in this area as it makes a selection of the occasional …

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Trill, Suzanne. "Meditations". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 September 2007
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