Sisters and Brothers: Divided Sibling Identity in the Cary Family
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When tracing the familial discourses of the Early Modern period evidence of mutual authorship and influence is most commonly found through allusions and references within the texts, either in printed or manuscript form. In this way, it has been possible to trace the biographical additions of successive generations of the More family, to provide a chronological frame for the new years’ gifts of the Fitzalan children, and to identify the reworkings of her family’s writing by Lady Mary Wroth. However, for the Cary family there is absolute evidence for collaborative production, since five of its members contributed to a single manuscript, their composition and annotation being distinguished by their individual hands. This work is The Lady Falkland: Her Life, a biography of Elizabeth Cary, which was composed by one of her daughters and edited by three further daughters and one son. The manuscript version is in the Archives of the Département du Nord at Lille, and there are three published versions of the text: The Lady Falkland: Her Life (1861) edited by Richard Simpson, The Tragedy of Mariam The Fair Queen of Jewry with The Lady Falkland: Her Life (1994) edited by Barry Weller and Margaret W. Ferguson, and Life and Letters: Elizabeth Cary, Lady Falkland (2001) edited by Heather Wolfe.
KeywordsMutual Authorship Early Modern Period Religious Discourse Woman Writer Familial Context
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