Elizabeth Bentley entry: Overview screen.
Shortly before 26 November 1767
EB was born in Norwich
, her parents' only child; this was the date of her christening.
The teenage, working-class EB, whose father had died two years previously, "discovered in myself an inclination for writing verses"; from this year come the earliest on which she placed a date.
23 July 1790
EB dated the account of her life which was published both in the prospectus for her Genuine Poetical Compositions
, which appeared this year, and in the volume itself.
By August 1791
EB published by subscription, with her name, Genuine Poetical Compositions on Various Subjects
, dedicated to William Drake, MP.