The predecessor to The Cowper and Newton Journal was The Cowper and Newton Bulletin.

Published in 8 volumes from 2002-2009, it contained museum news in each issue as well as one or more full-length scholarly articles and shorter notes.

Below is an index of these which can be used to locate the full article.

Articles published in The Cowper and Newton Bulletin Vols. 1 to 8

Cowper in Sweden

One day, a couple of years after retirement from my job as a librarian at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, I was looking through some bookshelves in our library. My husband and I have a combination of books consisting of our individual collections from different times of our lives, and sometimes I find books I

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Cowper’s Garden Progeny

‘God made the country, and man made the town.’1 Among the most famous quotations in the language, this comes of course from Cowper’s The Task (I. 749). In a sense, however, and up to a point, Cowper made the country; for nature, whether cultivated or uncultivated, as it appears in his writings, is mediated through

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Cowper’s Woodman Illustrated

An important sidelight on Cowper is the range and quality of the illustrations of his poems and environment in editions and other books, by artists including Richard Westall, Henry Fuseli, John Flaxman, and J. and H.S. Storer, the latter, father and son, being responsible (with John Greig) for the celebrated Cowper Illustrated (1803) and, an

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Detached Cowper and his Critical Eye

‘Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD GOD had made’ (Genesis, 3.1) At the 2001 Cowper and Newton Day, in Olney, readings were given of Cowper’s poetry and prose. I chose to read ‘The Colubriad’ (written 1782, published 1806), a witty poem about an encounter with a

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How did Cowper Love Women?

Academics enjoy few things more than formulating questions and then refusing to answer them. This article is no exception, as it asks the question ‘How did Cowper love women?’ and then suggests that the question cannot, in the final analysis, be answered at all. Or rather, I would argue, such questions can be answered –

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John Higgins of Turvey Abbey

John Higgins was born in 1768, a native of Weston Underwood, a small village about a mile from Olney. When Cowper moved there in 1786 he had a limited social circle. In a letter to Lady Hesketh dated 16 December 1786 he writes, ‘I do not know Mr. John Higgins even by sight…But he should

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K.E. Smith, William Cowper: A Reappraisal

K. E. Smith, William Cowper: A Reappraisal. Olney: The Cowper and Newton Museum, 2001. ISBN 0-9514570-1-2. 91pp. £5.99. Ken Smith’s concise study of the life and work of William Cowper could hardly be bettered. It is clearly written con amore, and yet preserves a proper critical detachment that finds expression in thoroughly sensible estimations of

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Literary Genes

Mr Wilfred Ashton, of Saffron Walden, Essex, writes to draw the attention of our readers to the blood relationship between William Cowper and the Dorset writer John Cowper Powys (1872-1963). Powys was a prolific author of poetry and essays but is best known for his vast, brooding novels, including Wolf Solent, Maiden Castle and A

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Military Life in the Eighteenth Century

Many of you will know of the references in Cowper’s letters to military exercises taking place in the vicinity of Olney. In a letter to Revd John Newton dated Sunday 18th March 1781, Cowper gives the following description of military manoeuvres in what is now Emberton Country Park, about a mile from Olney. There are

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