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Elizabeth Sarah Gooch's writing career began in the later eighteenth century with a sizeable pamphlet justifying her role in the quarrel with her estranged husband which had landed her in debtors' prison. From this she moved on to further life-writing ('courtesan autobiography'), published poetry, further works which blend autobiography with fiction and essay-type material, and finally to sentimental novels. Self-vindication and the need for money were her chief motives, but she has a real gift for expressing both mood and argument. Reviewers gradually shifted over the course of her career from sympathy to contempt.
27 June 1757 Elizabeth Sarah Villa-Real (later ESG) was born at her father's estate of Edwinstow or Edwinstowe in Nottinghamshire. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1 January 1788 ESG, in the Fleet Prison, dated the preface to An Appeal to the Public, to which she signed her full name: "Elizabeth Sarah Villa-Real Gooch". Bibliographic Citation link.
Probably late 1804 ESG published with her name a translation from Charlotte Bournon-Malarmé: Can We Doubt It?; or, The Genuine History of Two Families of Norwich. Bibliographic Citation link.
Early June 1807 ESG died at Plymouth in Devon. Her burial there there on 14 June was recorded by the Ipswich Journal as that of Eliz[abe]th Sarah Villa Real 'Cooch'. Bibliographic Citation link.
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