Part of the ‘How to do things with early modern words’ conference
On Thursday 23rd April 5.30-6.30pm, there will be a wine reception, sponsored by Cambridge University Press, to celebrate the launch of the new edition of Anne Finch.
Anne Finch (1661-1720) was one of the most important English poets of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Long celebrated as a nature poet, she was also renowned in her own time for her fables, her religious verse, and her semi-autobiographical poem ‘The Spleen’. Recent research has drawn attention to the extent and nuance of her Jacobite political poetry, as well as her skilled exploitation of the resources of manuscript and print.
The new Cambridge Edition of the Works of Anne Finch is the first comprehensive edition of Finch’s poetry and plays to be published since 1903. Edited afresh from original sources, it takes advantage of recent archival discoveries, including the Wellesley manuscript, an important source for Finch’s late work. Expertly and generously annotated, it will provide an indispensible guide to this remarkable and versatile poet and to the literature of her age.