A Receipt to Cure the Vapours

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762)

Read by Elizabeth Forbes, MPhil in Education, 2012

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (15 May 1689 – 21 August 1762) was an English aristocrat and writer. Lady Mary is today chiefly remembered for her letters, particularly her letters from Turkey, as wife to the British ambassador, which have been described by Billie Melman as “the very first example of a secular work by a woman about the Muslim Orient”.

The poem'' A Receipt to Cure the Vapors'' is about a woman who is overwhelmed by the loss of a lover.  The "vapors" were something women of the time suffered from that caused melancholy or hysteria.


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