Whitney, Isabella

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Very little is known of Isabella Whitney's life, other than what she says in her poems. She was a sister of Geoffrey Whitney, who came of a Cheshire family. Having published two volumes of non-religious verse, she is the first secular woman poet in England.

  • Travitsky, Betty S. "Whitney, Isabella (fl. 1566–1573)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online ed. Ed. Lawrence Goldman. Oxford: OUP, 2004.
  • Whitney, Isabella. The copy of a letter, lately written in meeter, by a yonge gentilwoman: to her vnconstant louer With an admonitio[n] to al yong gentilwomen, and to all other mayds in general to beware of mennes flattery. London: Richard Jones, 1567.
  • --. A sweet nosgay, or pleasant posye: contayning a hundred and ten phylosophicall flowers. London: Richard Jones, 1573.
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  • lady-in-waiting

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