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Miss Joy and Mrs Hayter

Freya Johnston: Anna Letitia Barbauld

27 September 2018
Eighteen Hundred and Eleven: Poetry, Protest and Economic Crisis 
by E.J. Clery.
Cambridge, 326 pp., £75, June 2017, 978 1 107 18922 5
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... a teacher – at the celebrated dissenting school she ran with her husband in Suffolk – she enjoyed turning pupils’ names into riddles for the weekly newsletter. Samuel Johnson said this sort of writing was a waste of her ‘early cultivation’ and precocity, but it endeared countless boys to her for the rest of their lives. Names matter to women ...

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