Mary Collier

(1688? - bur. 20 October 1762)

Works in ECPA

alphabetical listing / listing in source editions

Source editions

  • Collier, Mary, c.1690-c.1762. Poems, on Several Occasions, by Mary Collier, Author of the Washerwoman's Labour, with some remarks on Her Life. Winchester: Printed by Mary Ayres; for the Author. MDCCLXII., 1762. 68p. (ESTC T125590)


ODNB 37303; DMI 1429; DLB 95


  • Cochran, Peter, ed. The Farmer's Boy by Robert Bloomfield: A Parallel Text Edition, with The Thresher's Labour by Stephen Duck and The Woman's Labour by Mary Collier. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars, 2014. Print.
  • Ferguson, Moira, introd. Duck, The Thresher's Labour, and Collier, The Woman's Labour. (Facsimile ed.). Augustan Reprint Society, vol. 230. Los Angeles: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, Univ. of California, 1985. Print.
  • Thompson, E. P. and Marian Sugden, eds. The Thresher's Labour by Stephen Duck. The Woman's Labour by Mary Collier. London: Merlin Press, 1989. Print.

Reference works

  • Baines, Paul, Julian Ferraro, Pat Rogers, eds. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Eighteenth-Century Writers and Writing, 1660-1789. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 70-71. Print.
  • Todd, Janet, ed. A Dictionary of British and American Women Writers 1660-1800. Paperback edition, revised. Lanham et al.: Rowman & Littlefield, 1987. 90-91. Print.


  • Christmas, William J. The Lab'ring Muses: Work, Writing and the Social Order in English Plebeian Poetry, 1730-1830. Newark and London: University of Delaware Press, 2001. 115-129. Print.
  • Fellers, Kathy G. A Study in Contrasts: Mary Collier and Mary Leapor's Diverse Contributions to Eighteenth-century British Laboring-Class Women's Poetry. Unpub. doct. diss., University of Houston, 2013. Print. [Dissertation Abstracts International 75(1), 2014]
  • Ferguson, Moira. Eighteenth-Century Women Poets: Nation, Class, and Gender. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995. 7-25. Print.
  • Goodridge, John. Rural Life in Eighteenth-Century Poetry. Cambridge: CUP, 1995. 1-88. Print.
  • Goodridge, John. Stephen Duck, The Thresher's Labour, and Mary Collier, The Woman's Labour. Gerrard, Christine, ed. A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2006. 209-222. Print.
  • Klaus, H. Gustav. Stephen Duck und Mary Collier. Plebejische Kontro-Verse ├╝ber Frauenarbeit vor 250 Jahren. Gulliver 10 (1981): 115-123. Print.
  • Krishnamurthy, Aruna. 'The Constant Action of Our Lab'ring Hands': Mary Collier's Demystification of Work and Womanhood in the Early Eighteenth Century. Boyd, Diane E. and Marta Kvande, eds. Everyday Revolutions: Eighteenth-Century Women Transforming Public and Private. Newark, DE: U of Delaware P, 2008. 67-93. Print.
  • Landry, Donna. The Muses of Resistance: Laboring-Class Women's Poetry in Britain, 1739-1796. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1990. 56-77. Print.
  • Milne, Anne. 'Lactilla tends her fav'rite cow': ecocritical readings of animals and women in eighteenth-century British labouring-class women's poetry. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP, 2008. Print.
  • Milne, Anne. Gender, class, and the beehive: Mary Collier's The Woman's Labour (1739) as nature poem. ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 8(2) (2001): 109-129. Print.
  • Thompson, Peggy. Duck, Collier, and the ideology of verse forms. Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 44(3) (2004): 505-523. Print.