Susanna Centlivre (1669?–1723)


A Poem on the Recovery of the Lady Henrietta Holles from the Small Pox (‘Thou Tyrant Ill, whose Power Despotick Reigns’)


CeS 1

Probably a presentation copy, in a semi-calligraphic roman hand, with a formal title-page, dedicated to Henrietta Hollis's husband ‘his Grace The Duke of Newcastle By his most Obedient Servant Susanna Centlivre’. c.1710-11.

In: A large folio volume comprising two verse MSS bound together, 10 leaves (plus blanks), in half speckled calf on marbled boards gilt.

Facsimile example in DLB, vol. 84, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Dramatists. Second Series, ed. Paula R. Backscheider (Detroit, 1989), p. 41.

British Library, Harley MS 7649, ff. 7r-10r.

Dramatic Works

The Wonder

First published in London, 1714.

CeS 2

Copy of dialogue at the end of a ‘Scene in the Wonder’, on one side of a single quarto leaf. Mid-18th century.

Folger, MS Y.d.147.