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During the later eighteenth century Elizabeth Bonhote published seven novels (one historical) and a conduct book. Her volume of poetry dates from the next century. The conduct book had the greatest success. On most issues she is stereotypically conservative, but she shows humour and insight about the predicament of the woman writer. She was clearly serious about her own career.
Shortly before 11 April 1744 Elizabeth Mapes (later EB) was born in Earsham Street at Bungay in Suffolk, close to the ruined Castle. Bibliographic Citation link.
1769 Elizabeth Mapes (later EB) apparently published her first novel, entitled Hortensia; or, The Distressed Wife, and issued at London and Norwich as by 'a Lady', but identified as hers from the title-page of Olivia, 1786. Bibliographic Citation link.
By February 1788 EB published by subscription a work in a genre new to her, The Parental Monitor, a conduct book which was highly successful in its day. Bibliographic Citation link.
11 June 1818 EB died at Bungay, aged seventy-four. Bibliographic Citation link.
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