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Anna Letitia Barbauld, writing and publishing in the late eighteenth and the early nineteenth century, was a true woman of letters, an important poet, revered as mouthpiece or laureate for Rational Dissent. Her ground-breaking work on literary, political, social, and other intellectual topics balances her still better-known pedagogical works and writings for the very young. During her lifetime an extraordinary revolution in public opinion made her vilified as markedly as she had been revered.
20 June 1743 Anna Aikin (later ALB) was born the elder of two children at The Old House (33 Main Street), Kibworth Harcourt, near Kibworth in Leicestershire. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
Late June 1767 Anna Aikin (later ALB) wrote "On Mrs P—'s Leaving Warrington", one of her earliest important surviving poems, which she threw into the carriage that was to carry the Priestleys away to Joseph's new position at Leeds. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 August 1781 ALB followed up the success of Lessons for Children with Hymns in Prose for Children, which Joseph Johnson entered in the Stationers' Register on this date.  Bibliographic Citation link.
12 February 1812 ALB published her longest poem, a controversial and important analysis of the current state of the nation, of recent history, politics, and war: Eighteen Hundred and Eleven.  Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
December 1822 ALB sent the Monthly Repository two poems which were her last publications and probably her last literary writing. An address to the new year, 1823, looks forward; and Lines Written at the Close of the Year looks back.  Bibliographic Citation link.
9 March 1825 ALB died at Stoke Newington of a general decline in health complicated by asthma. Bibliographic Citation link.
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