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Leonie Hannan

, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Hannah More, Ann Radcliffe, Elizabeth Rowe, Sarah Scott, Anna Seward, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Ann Yearsley recur time and again’.39 Histories of philosophy could add, amongst others, Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway and Catherine Trotter Cockburn to the list.40 This reliance on a discrete canon of female creative talent tends to underline the broader presumption that very few women wrote anything of interest at this time. One answer to the question of why such a small pool of names is drawn upon to illuminate women’s thinking lives is the

in Women of letters