A Receipt For Writing a Novel

Mary Alcock (1742-1798)

Read by Judy Lindsay, Masters of Education, 2012

Mary Alcock [née Cumberland] (c.1742—1798), was a poet, essayist, and philanthropist. Mary was the youngest child of Joanna Bentley and Bishop Denison Cumberland. Richard Bentley, classicist and master of Trinity College, Cambridge, was her maternal grandfather, and Richard Cumberland , playwright, was her brother. Her niece Joanna Hughes edited her collected works after her death: some 183 pages of poems and essays.


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