Her Own Life: Autobiographical Writings by Seventeenth Century Englishwomen

Her Own Life: Autobiographical Writings by Seventeenth Century Englishwomen

Her Own Life: Autobiographical Writings by Seventeenth Century Englishwomen

Her Own Life: Autobiographical Writings by Seventeenth Century Englishwomen

Synopsis

During a period when writing was often the only form of self-expression for women, Her Own Lifecontains extracts from the autobiographical texts of twelve seventeenth-century women addressing a wide range of issues central to their lives.

Excerpt

The aim of this anthology is to make available to the modern reader substantial extracts from a range of autobiographical writing by seventeenth-century Englishwomen. The editorial principles by which we have worked in preparing the volume reflect this aim, in attempting to balance the integrity of the original texts with the requirements of their new readers.

The spelling and punctuation of all the extracts have been modernized, since to leave them unaltered would introduce a distancing impression of ‘quaintness’ for twentieth-century readers. However, we have attempted to maintain the original tone of the writings by keeping archaic spellings or grammatical forms in specific instances where modernization would have significantly changed the form or sound of the word (e.g., ‘yea’, ‘hath’); similarly, we have not ‘corrected’ grammatical oddities. We have removed italics where these were used for proper names, reported speech, or quotation (using modern conventions of punctuation instead and supplying biblical references in parentheses), but italics have been kept where they imply stress or individuality of voice (as in the extracts from Sarah Davy and Anne Wentworth). Marginal notes in the originals have been transferred to the relevant point in the text, where they appear in parentheses. Dates have been normalized to follow the modern convention of the year beginning on 1 January, rather than 25 March. Notes are used to supply historical information, annotate particularly interesting biblical references, give explanatory glosses from contemporary writing or other works by the author, and to clarify seventeenth-century word meanings where appropriate.

Further details of editorial principles—for example, copytexts chosen, or decisions on modernization specific to a text—may be found in the textual notes which precede the work of each writer in the anthology.

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