There is a tension between Joanna Baillie’s image as a reserved,
gentle and devout Scottish woman and the representation of
explosive, at times violent, passions in her poetry and plays. In a
letter of April 2, 1817, Byron wrote, “When Voltaire was asked why
no woman has ever written even a tolerable tragedy? ‘Ah (said the
Patriarch) the composition of a tragedy requires
testicles’ If this be true Lord knows what Joanna Baillie
does – I suppose she …
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Duquette, Natasha Aleksiuk. "Joanna Baillie". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 November 2001
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