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Mary Ann Browne wrote in the early nineteenth century and died in her early thirties. During her short career she published eight volumes of poetry, and was estimated to have printed in periodicals and annuals probably as much material, both poems and prose, as would have filled two or three more. She also wrote a juvenile diary, tragedies, and translations from German, which do not survive. Bibliographic Citation link. Her themes include love, marriage, and self-sacrifice, the vocation of poetry, and conditions of women's lives both in the here and now and at various historical periods.
24 September 1812 MAB was born at Bray in Berkshire, the eldest of three children. Bibliographic Citation link.
1826 MAB first reached print, with poems contributed to the Berkshire Chronicle. Its editor, a Mr Hanshall, took her seriously and offered her advice. Bibliographic Citation link.
28 January 1845 MAB (now living and writing under her married name of Gray) died at her home, Sunday's Well in Cork, of 'heart spasms', aged only thirty-two. Bibliographic Citation link.
December 1845-February 1846 In its final two instalments of poetry by MAB, the Dublin University Magazine seemed bent on demonstrating that poetry was not a suitable avocation for a woman. Bibliographic Citation link.
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