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Mary Barber is a domestic, small-scale, early eighteenth-century poet of charm and intelligence (remembered particularly for her writing about her children), but also an incisive, often satirical commentator on social and gender issues. Her single collection of poems was preceded by a number of separately-published pieces, mostly anonymous, not all specifically mentioned here.
Probably about 1685 The future MB was born. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
20 August 1733 Swift dated his dedication of MB's Poems, written on her behalf, to Lord Orrery. Bibliographic Citation link.
17 May 1735 MB's Poems on Several Occasions were entered to her name in the Stationers' Register; the date of 1734 on title-pages in the first issue of the quarto edition for subscribers seems therefore to be inaccurate, the result of over-optimism. Bibliographic Citation link.
March 1737 The Gentleman's Magazine printed MB's "To a Friend desiring an Account of [my] Health in Verse", which pulls no punches about her sufferings from gout. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 14 June 1755 MB died in Dublin: the Dublin Journal reported her death on this date. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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