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|Year of Marriage||-|
|Year of Birth||1717|
|Year of Death||1806|
|Father's Rank||Lower gentry|
|Father's Title||Reverend, Curate of Deal Chapel|
|Mother||Margaret Carter née Swayne|
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|20 Clarges Street||London||Middlesex||England||||-||1|
1 Carter did not marry, and spent most of her lifetime in Deal, Kent, her hometown, and London.
Poet, classicist, writer and translator.
Elizabeth Carter was educated by her farther, who was an accomplished linguist, and the studies concentrated on language and literary studies. To a lesser degree, she studied astronomy and mathematics, Greek history and geography and music. She was also tutored by natural philosopher Thomas Wright.
Latin, Greek, Hebrew, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.
Hawley, 2004; Miegon, 2003; Montagu, 1816
Carter was regarded somewhat of a sensation due to her youth, talent and gender; various literary works celebrated her as a prodigy. Although Carter never married, she had several suitors, such as Thomas Birch, John Dalton and Dr John Burton. Not having married, Carter could devote her life for literary pursuits. Some of Carter's work are such as "Poems on Particular Occasions", which included congratulatory verses to George Lyttelton and was published in 1762, a translation of the French Jean Pierre de Crousaz' "An Examination of Mr. Pope's Essay on Man" and perhaps her most considerable work, a translation from Greek, "All the Works of Epictetus Which Are Now Extant", published in 1758. Carter also assisted both Elizabeth Montagu and Sarah Scott née Robinson with their literary works. In her youth, when Elizabeth Carter had troubles learning, she would go to extreme measures to keep herself awake; she would wrap wet towels around her head, chew green tea and take snuff, to such extent that she became addicted to it.