Mary Wroth, Urania, and Secret Story-Maker

Mary Wroth’s prose romance, Urania, created such a scandal when she published it in 1621 that she was labelled a “hermaphrodite” by fellow courtiers (for daring to write love poetry and romance tales as a woman), and her book was forcibly withdrawn from publication. The first modern edition (pictured here) appeared almost 400 years later, …

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