Cary, Elizabeth, Lady Falkland

Ramona Wray*

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Acknowledged in her own time as a dramatist, historian, translator, and patroness, Elizabeth Cary, Lady Falkland (1585/1586–1639), is recognized today as the first Renaissance Englishwoman to author an original drama. The Tragedy of Mariam (c.1603–c.1606, printed 1613) has become one of the most discussed examples of women’s writing in the pre-1660 period but less attention has been paid to Cary’s other works. This chapter gives equal prominence to all of Cary’s literary activities and begins the task of resituating The Tragedy of Mariam not only within a life trajectory but within a lifetime of writerly activity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women's Writing
EditorsPatricia Pender, Rosalind Smith
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2023


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