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Mary Brunton, whose early-nineteenth-century writing career was cut short by her early death, was a highly intelligent, moralistic novelist, who also left journals, prayers, and some letters.
1 November 1778 Mary Balfour (later MB) was born on Burra, one of the Orkney Islands. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
Probably January 1811 MB published at Edinburgh and London her first, anonymous novel, Self-Control; she dated her dedication of it to Joanna Baillie this month. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 19 April 1811 MB had finished correcting Self-Control for a second edition. Bibliographic Citation link.
29 December 1818 MB died of puerperal fever, a few days after bearing her stillborn son. Bibliographic Citation link.
March 1819 MB's widower published a posthumous volume: a life of her and some fragments (primarily the unfinished novel Emmeline) and travel diaries, prayers, and letters (with intelligent criticism of contemporary fiction). Bibliographic Citation link.
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