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Jane Barker, who wrote during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century, shows remarkable daring and originality both as a poet and as a writer of prose fiction. Critical attention to her as a proto-feminist has recently been joined by attention to the political (Catholic and Jacobite) slant of her writings. From her debut as a coterie writer circulating her poems among a group of admiring male friends, Jane Barker became a denizen of the literary marketplace and a voice both for the silent elements in women's experience and for the silenced Catholic and Jacobite elements in national life.
Before 17 May 1652 JB was born in Northamptonshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
By about 1674 JB began writing poetry that survives in manuscript. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 June 1723 JB's second 'novel', A Patch-Work Screen for the Ladies (the middle volume in her trilogy and probably her best-known work today), was advertised as just published. Bibliographic Citation link.
Just before 18 March 1732 JB died at the Chancellerie in St Germain near Paris. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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