Katherine Philips

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Birthday
1, 1632
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jun 22, 1664 (32)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
1, 1632
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jun 22, 1664 (32)

About

Seventeenth-century English-Welsh author who was most famous during her lifetime for her poetic works. She was also a translator of the work of Pierre Corneille.

Before Fame

She was a member of The Society of Friendship. Often, she held meetings of the organization's Welsh chapter at her home.

Trivia

Her poems -- for example, "To my Excellent Lucasia, on our Friendship" -- contain, according to some literary critics, subtle lesbian undertones.

Family Life

She married a wealthy family friend; however, her poem "To my dearest Antenor" suggests that she was not truly in love with him.

Associated With

Her work was often compared to the more radical literature of fellow female author Aphra Behn.