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Mary Latter, a mid-eighteenth-century woman living in the provinces, made no secret of writing for money. She is obsessive and wordy in style, interesting mainly for her dogged and persistent struggle to succeed. Her characteristic indignation springs partly from the influence of the Augustan satirists, partly from circumstances of her own life. She wrote and published in many genres: tragedy, translation and adaptation (now lost), satirical dialogue, essays and letters (both personal, critical, and political), and spoofs of all kinds, often burlesquing the very style she is writing. Though she mentions discrimination against her as a woman, she inclines towards anti-feminism herself.
12 January 1722 ML was baptised at Frilsham in Berkshire. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
17 November 1740 The young ML placed "a ludicrous advertisement, in verse" in the Reading Mercury (owned by the London publisher John Newbery) to deny that she was the author of lampoons on the "persons and characters" of local ladies. Bibliographic Citation link.
By January 1764 ML published anonymously, at Reading and London, Liberty and Interest. A Burlesque Poem on the Present Times. Bibliographic Citation link.
By September 1771 ML issued with her name, at Reading and London, Pro & Con; or, The Opinionists: An Ancient Fragment. Published for the Amusement of the Curious in Antiquity. Bibliographic Citation link.
28 March 1777 ML died at Reading in Berkshire at only a little past fifty. Bibliographic Citation link.
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