Elizabeth Hands (née Herbert)

(bap. 5 June 1746 - June 1815)

Works in ECPA

alphabetical listing / listing in source editions

Source editions

  • Hands, Elizabeth, 1746-1815. The death of Amnon. A poem. With an appendix: containing pastorals, and other poetical pieces. By Elizabeth Hands. [Coventry]: Printed for the author, by N. Rollason, Coventry, M,DCCLXXXIX., 1789. [40],127,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T141063)


ODNB 45851

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. 165-166. Print.
  • Radcliffe, David H., ed. Elizabeth Hands (1746-1815). Spenser and the Tradition: ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830. Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities, Virginia Tech, 2006. Web. 4 Aug 2020. https://web.archive.org/web/20170908014740/http://spenserians.cath.vt.edu/AuthorRecord.php?recordid=1159.
  • Todd, Janet, ed. A Dictionary of British and American Women Writers 1660-1800. Paperback edition, revised. Lanham et al.: Rowman & Littlefield, 1987. 149-150. Print.


  • Backscheider, Paula R. Eighteenth-Century Women Poets and their Poetry: Inventing Agency, Inventing Genre. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2005. 158-161 and passim. Print.
  • Dereli, Cynthia. In search of a poet: the life and work of Elizabeth Hands. Women's Writing 8(1) (2001): 169-182. Print.
  • Landry, Donna. The Muses of Resistance: Laboring-Class Women's Poetry in Britain, 1739-1796. Cambridge: CUP, 1990. 186-209. Print.
  • Steedman, Carolyn. Poetical Maids and Cooks Who Wrote. Eighteenth-Century Studies 39(1) (Fall 2005): 1-27. Print.