Tuesday, February 19, 2013

British Poet Elizabeth Carter died - 1806

British poet Elizabeth Carter died on February 19, 1806. She was born in Deal, Kent, England and was the daughter of a clergyman whose parish was in the town. Encouraged by her father to study, she mastered several modern and ancient languages (including Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic) and science. She translated into English De Crousaz’s Examen de l'essai de Monsieur Pope sur l'homme (Examination of Mr. Pope’s "An Essay on Man", two volumes, 1739); Algarotti’s Newtonianismo per le donne (Newtonianism for women); and wrote a small volume of poems. Carter's position in the pantheon of eighteenth century women writers was, however, secured by her translation in 1758 of All the Works of Epictetus, the first English translation of all known works by the Greek stoic philosopher. She was a friend of Samuel Johnson, editing some editions of his periodical The Rambler.
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