Catherine Talbot, Essays on Various Subjects

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Jack Orchard (Swansea University)

Essays on Various Subjects, by the Author of Reflections on the Seven Days of the Week (1772) is a miscellany consisting of the majority of the literary output of the early Bluestocking correspondent and essayist, Catherine Talbot (1721–70). The core of the work is a collection of twenty-six essays on subjects ranging from Anglican piety and appropriate feminine conduct to literary critical discussions of Matthew Prior’s “Henry and Emma” (1709) and the published sermons of Isaac Barrow (1630–77). In addition, it contains five dialogues, a short aphoristic collection of reflective comments, three prose pastorals, a moralistic fairy tale, three Ossianic prose pieces, two prose allegories, and a …

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Citation: Orchard, Jack. "Essays on Various Subjects". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 October 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38747, accessed 07 February 2023.]

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