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Writing and Life
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Frances Brooke wrote in many genres during the latter half of the eighteenth century: drama and translation as well as an innovative feminist periodical. Best known are her three novels including the first realistic novel in English to be set in a colonial society of North America.
24 January 1724 Frances Moore (later FB) was born shortly before this, the date of her christening at Claypole in Lincolnshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
By March 1756 FB's Virginia a Tragedy, with Odes, Pastorals, and Translations appeared in print. David Garrick and John Rich had rejected this tragedy for the stage. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
10 September 1768 Dodsley paid FB thirty pounds for her second novel, Emily Montague. Bibliographic Citation link.
By April 1769 FB published her second epistolary novel, The History of Emily Montague, which until recently has been known as the first North American novel from its setting in the recently acquired British province of Lower Canada. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
29 August 1770 FB wrote a self-critical letter to Dodsley about the reasons for Emily Montague's comparative failure. Bibliographic Citation link.
23 January 1789 FB died at Sleaford in Lincolnshire, two days after her husband had died in Norfolk. Bibliographic Citation link.
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