Women Writers of the Seventeenth Century Women And Education - Essay

Women And Education

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Myrna Reynolds (essay date 1920)

SOURCE: "Learned Ladies in England Before 1650: Period from 1603 to 1650," in The Learned Lady in England: 1650-1760, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1920, pp. 23-37.

[Below, Reynolds focuses on the nature of women's education in England during the first half of the seventeenth century, describing the intellectual background and training of several women writers of the period.]

With the death of Elizabeth we come practically to the end of the favor accorded learned women. The changed tone of public opinion may be fairly indicated by a few scattered utterances from contemporary poems and essays.

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