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. In more recent years, however, Tighe’s fame has lain not with the considerable merits of her own work but rather with her early influence on Keats’s poetry.
The Collected Poems and Journals of Mary Tighe restores Tighe to the general canon of English literature of the period. With over sixty-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.