Only for the Eye of a Friend: The Poems of Annis Boudinot Stockton

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Carla Mulford
University of Virginia Press, 1995 - Poetry - 336 pages
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Known among the Middle Atlantic intelligentsia and literati as a witty and versatile writer, considered by George Washington and the Chevalier de La Luzerne a gracious and elegant host, Annis Boudinot Stockton (1736-1801) wrote over a hundred poems on the most important political and social issues of her day.
"Only for the Eye of a Friend" was the name Stockton gave a manuscript book of poems that surfaced in 1985 and at once tripled the number of her known works. Before the discovery of this copybook, Stockton was known to have written about 40 poems. Now, Carla Mulford has brought together over 125 of Stockton's works, including her published pieces and the newly found cache of poems in manuscript, to form this unprecedented collection. Mulford includes an introduction treating Stockton's life, with particular attention to the ways in which her poetry reveals both aspects of eighteenth-century culture and the expectations placed upon women of the Anglo-American elite.
Only for the Eye of a Friend brings back into public view the works of a poet whose published works and manuscripts earned her, in her day, a wide audience among colonists and international readers alike. The quality and quantity of Stockton's literary output makes her an apt counterpart to her seventeenth-century predecessor Anne Bradstreet and the nineteenth-century poet Emily Dickinson.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Manuscript Sources and This Text
58
To Richard John Stockton Esqr inclosing
59
An invitation ode to a young Lady in New York
71
On hearing of the out powering of the divine spirit
77
The question upon being told in Jest by
82
EpistleTo Lucius
88
On hearing that General Warren was killed
94
To Aspasio
162
Elegy on the death of Mrs Dickinson The event
168
Acrostic for Georgeana Cuthbert
169
To Miss Mary Stockton an epistle upon some
176
After a night of perplexing dreams
233
was not meant
237
Lines To My Brother from a pavillion in
245
Soliliguy in a sleepless night
251

A sudden production of Mrs Stocktons in one
100
An elegiack Ode on the 28th day of February 1782
112
Elegy on the death of Miss Chandler
130
Epistle to General Washington May 261787
144
Impromptu on the morning of my sons weding
150
An extemporal Ode in a Sleepless Night By a Lady
156
an Ode 81
160
To Mr Lewis pintard on his retirement
257
The Literary and Social Context
270
Nathaniel Scudder Primes Later Commentary
290
Poems Published in Stocktons
296
Letter from Annis Boudinot Stockton
304
Bibliography
309
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About the author (1995)

Mulford, associate professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, was the founding president of the Society of Early Americanists.

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