Brown, Susan, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, eds. Penelope Aubin entry: Overview screen within Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Online, 2006. <http://orlando.cambridge.org/>. 03 December 2021.
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Penelope Aubin began publishing early in the eighteenth century. She is chiefly known for her short novels, though she turned her hand to poetry and comedy as well. At the height of her career her rate of production was equalled only by Defoe and Haywood, and her novels continued to be reprinted throughout the eighteenth century, in Ireland and the USA as well as England. Her fictional plots range the world and are crammed with adventures. Much under-age sex and violence (often both together) cluster at the margins of her stories, while her central characters preserve their virtue (often female Christian virtue resisting the lust of a man from a different culture), and moralistic High Tory principles are upheld.
Perhaps 1679 Penelope Charleton (later Aubin) was born in London, an illegitimate child. Recent discoveries about her identity make her previously listed birth-date far from certain. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
27 November 1707 PA published her first work: The Stuarts: A Pindarique Ode, dedicated to Queen Anne. Bibliographic Citation link.
Shortly before 23 April 1738 PA died in London; she was buried on this date. Her husband made and signed another codicil to his will about a week later. Bibliographic Citation link.
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