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Joanna Baillie is best known for her stylistically and thematically innovative drama, published from 1798 and through the first two decades of the nineteenth century. Her poetry is now also beginning to be appreciated and a scholarly edition of her letters is available in print and on line. She also published a poetry anthology. Whether regarded from the viewpoint of Scotland or that of London, she is one of the important writers of her generation.
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11 September 1762 JB was born at Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland, the youngest of three surviving children. Bibliographic Citation link.
By September 1798 JB published, anonymously, the first instalment in her planned dramatic sequence, A Series of Plays on the Passions. Bibliographic Citation link.
30 April 1800 The authorship of JB's first volume of Plays on the Passions was finally revealed. Bibliographic Citation link.
1802 JB published, with her name, a second instalment of her Plays on the Passions. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 16 December 1811 JB published a third instalment of her Plays on the Passions, with 1812 on its title-page. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1821 JB reprinted together the three successive volumes of her Series of Plays on the Passions. Bibliographic Citation link.
1849 JB published her last known separate work, Ahalya Baee. A Poem, about a historical female ruler in India. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
23 February 1851 JB died at Bolton House, Windmill Hill in Hampstead. Bibliographic Citation link.
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