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Surname 1 Importance of Material Goods In Lady Mary Montagu's Travel Writing Name Instructor Course Date Lady Mary Montagu's Travel Writing Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was born to a family of wealth both from her parent's families. She was from an aristocratic background giving her opportunity to access better life. She managed to educate herself using classical at a time when women education was very elusive. As was destined, she was meant to lead a decent life till her marriage. Upon reaching the marriageable age, she was to be married to a man, untitled man, chose to her by her father (Heffernan and Daniel, 2012, p.30). Her husband, Edward Wortley, would, later on, rise to be a rich man earning him fame and privileges in the noble houses. His appointment to the ambassadorial role took his wife and himself to Turkey where she was to be the wife to the ambassador. It is through these adventurous travels across Europe and other colonies that
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Surname 2 inspired the writings of Lady Mary Montagu. The paper examines the importance of material goods in Lady Mary’s travel books through a thematic analysis of her letters. Q1 The Relationship between Private and Public Space as a Central Theme in Montagu’s work Mary's letters were written as a direct condemnation to male travel narratives so that people could see, to how much better purpose the ladies travel to their lords. In her unique style, Lady Mary managed to articulate her ideas through writing choosing to write her opinions and observations mostly to close acquaintances privately (Heffernan and Daniel, 2012, p.30). The more socially embedded issues got accorded the public attention. Her literary public relations which went through prints included The Spector during the rise of novels. However discerning the literary manuscripts were, Lady Mary stuck with the old ways as a choice as argued by Margret Ezell one of her close correspondents. Authors like Pope who substantially associated with print took time off to do scribal production too. Pope did “The Pastorals & A Poem Windsor Forest” as scribal work. He later helped in the publishing of Mary’s ‘Town Eclogues’ (Heffernan and Daniel, 2012, p.30). Mary’s publications were on smallpox inoculation and the magazine “The Nonsense of Common Sense”. Publicity was more complicated for women as compared to men. Mary used pseudonyms and anonymous publications to avoid public censure. She suffered from pirating of her manuscripts. Her paper by Edmund Cull on “The Town Eclogues” made her be misread hence losing favour in court. The epistolary style established a relation of intimacy between the writer and the recipient. Mary’s immediate addressees were close friends,
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Surname 3 acquaintances, friends and family. Mary’s letters to husband Edward are obviously ‘private’ detailing both practical and intimate concerns.
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