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Writing and Life
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Susan Smythies published three novels during the 1750s, which show her well versed both in the modern novel created by Henry Fielding and Richardson, and in an older tradition of satirical and didactic fiction relying on such techniques as 'humours' names and inset tales. The children's books bearing her name did not appear till after her death.
13 January 1721 SS was born in Colchester, the eldest of a family which later became very numerous.  Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By November 1753 SS anonymously published her first novel, The Stage-Coach: Containing the Character of Mr. Manly, and the History of his Fellow-Travellers, in two volumes. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 May 1758 Proposals appeared in the Ipswich Journal for SS's third and final novel, The Brothers, which was published by subscription the same year, alluding on the title-page to her previous works. Bibliographic Citation link.
After July 1774 SS, who was alive when her father made his will, may have died at any date after that. Bibliographic Citation link.
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