Hester Lynch Thrale

Thrale, Hester Lynch,


Mrs. Piozzi

(pēŏz`ē, pēôt`tsē), 1741–1821, Englishwoman, noted for her intimate friendship with Samuel JohnsonJohnson, Samuel,
1709–84, English author, b. Lichfield. The leading literary scholar and critic of his time, Johnson helped to shape and define the Augustan Age. He was equally celebrated for his brilliant and witty conversation.
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. Daughter of John Salusbury, she married (1763) Henry Thrale, a wealthy brewer, whose home at Streatham became a gathering place for writers and artists and a second home to Johnson from 1765 until 1780. Mrs. Thrale's second marriage in 1784 to Gabriel Piozzi, an Italian music master, caused an enormous scandal and estranged her from Johnson and from English society. She and Piozzi moved to Italy and after Johnson's death she published Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson (1786) and his correspondence with her (1788).


See her diary, Thraliana (ed. by K. C. Balderston, 1942); biography by I. McIntyre (2008).

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Both Meyers and Martin refer repeatedly and informatively to the biographies of Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi and Sir John Hawkins that preceded (and were eclipsed by) Boswell's.
(3) Despite the effort that Burney and Edgeworth made to present their novels as "good" rather than "bad" novels, however, when blue-stocking Hester Lynch Thrale wrote to her dearest friend Frances Burney in 1784 describing the "works" that she read to her daughters, Burney's own novels were conspicuously absent from the reading regime:
(11) Hester Lynch Thrale, Thraliana: The Diary of Mrs.
Piozzi, Hester Lynch Thrale. Dr Johnson's Mrs Thrale: Autobiography, Letters, and Literary Remains of Mrs Piozzi.
Thraliana: The Diary of Hester Lynch Thrale (later Mrs Piozzi), 1776-1809.
Hester Lynch Thrale, later Mrs Piozzi, kept a diary in which she recorded all manner of things.
By the end of the year she had attained literary fame as the author of Evelina, or, a Young Lady's Entrance into the World and had been admitted to the illustrious circle at Streatham Park, home of Henry Thrale and Hester Lynch Thrale (later Piozzi) and, by adoption, of Samuel Johnson.
Boswell's two chief rivals for the role of principal biographer were Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi, who brought out her Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson LL.D.
Although Boswell's Life is indisputably the finest of the many contemporary biographies of Johnson, Sir John Hawkins's Life (1787) is a better source for young Johnson, and Hester Lynch Thrale saw more of Johnson's intimate, domestic side.
(4) Hester Lynch Thrale, |Anecdotes of Johnson', in G.