Mary Blachford Tighe was born in Dublin in 1772 and became a poet by the age of seventeen. Her enormously popular 1805 epic poem "Psyche; or, The Legend of Love" made her a fixture of English literary history for much of the nineteenth century. For much of the twentieth century, however, Tighe was better known for her influence on Keats's poetry than the considerable merits of her own work.
The Collected Poems and Journals of Mary Tighe restores Tighe to the general canon of English literature of the period. With over eighty-five poems, including the complete Psyche, and extracts from several journals, both by and about Tighe, Harriet Kramer Linkin's annotated edition is the most complete collection of Mary Tighe's work to be published in one volume.
The first scholarly edition of Tighe.... Linkin provides 'clean' reading texts of the poems and brief journal along with judicious explanatory endnotes, two biographical texts, and a number of commendatory poems.~SEL
Has a thoroughly annotated biographical and critical introduction and a comprehensive bibliography.... Recommended.~Choice
A significant contribution to the fields of eighteenth-century and Romantic literature; it is the very sort of work and publication that can lead to long-term revisioning of these eras in literary history. Linkin's edition has use and appeal for everyone, from the casual reader to the scholar.~Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer
The most complete collection of Mary Tighe's work to be published in one volume.~Panorama
Linkin's edition is a significant contribution to the study of neglected female poets. It is an authoritative, groundbreaking, and permanently valuable addition to Romantic scholarship.~Susan J. Wolfson, Princeton University