Catherine Jemmat (1714-1766), Miscellanies, in Prose and verse (1766). Gale Ecco, 2018. Courtesy

Catherine Jemmat (1714-1766)[1] was an English poet and autobiographer.[2]

Life[edit | edit source]

Jemmat was born Catherine Yeo at Exter, the daughter of Admiral John Yeo. Her mother died when she was 6; after her father remarried, she was sent away to boarding school, and learned to earn a living by needlework.[1]

Her father was abusive, and tried to arrange a marriage for her. The man she married, a silk merchant from Plymouth, was also abusive and an alcoholic, who went bankrupt.[1]

In 1761 Jemmat published her Proposal to print her memoirs by subscription. Those came out in 1762, with 300 subscribers, including many aristocrats and high-ranking naval officers.[1]

Her only collection of poetry was published in 1766, also by subscription, with a list of subscibers that included a number of noble persons.[2]

Publications[edit | edit source]

Non-fiction[edit | edit source]

  • Memoirs. (2 volumes), London: privately printed, 1762.

Collected editions[edit | edit source]

  • Miscellanies, in Prose and Verse. London: privately printed, 1766.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[3]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jemmat, Catherine, Paul Baines, Julian Ferraro, & Pat Rogers, Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Eighteenth-Century Writers and Writing, John Wiley & Sons, 2010, 194. Google Books, Web, July 22, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Catherine Jemmat (1720 ca.-1766), English Poetry, 1579-1830, Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. Web, July 22, 2016.
  3. Search results = au:Catherine Jemmat, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, July 22, 2016.

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