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Jane Williams's eight books and several periodical publications appeared from the pre-Victorian to the mid-Victorian period in a number of genres, including poetry, literary criticism (of women writers in particular), and an account of her own juvenilia. A strong sense of national pride motivates much of her work, whether biographies of Welsh subjects, fiction drawing on local folklore, a passionate defence of the Welsh education system and general society, or her history of Wales, which became the standard for decades.
1 February 1806 JW was born, the second of seven children, in Riley Street, Chelsea (though scholars have differed over both date and place).  Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1856 JW published The Origin, Rise, and Progress of the Paper People, with illustrations by Lady Llanover, which describes the world of paper people created by herself and her siblings during her childhood. Bibliographic Citation link.
1861 JW published The Literary Women of England, a biocritical study. As regards writers before her own generation it is hardly a work of recuperation, since its tone is often harshly critical. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 18 December 1869 JW published A History of Wales, Derived from Authentic Sources. It became the standard for four decades. Bibliographic Citation link.
15 March 1885 JW died at her home at 31 Oakley Crescent, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
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