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Jane Cave, eighteenth-century poet, has not received the critical attention merited by her literary ability. She is remarkable for the number of provincial centres in which she published. Having married an exciseman, she lived a peripatetic life, and seems to have issued a new and often revised edition of her one collection of poems in almost every place she lived at. Her work includes religious poems, epitaphs, hymns, and lively social and political commentary: about a hundred poems in her five successive editions. An extraordinary, recently identified collection of mixed prose and verse relates an intensely painful episode in her marriage. Bibliographic Citation link.
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Probably earlier 1762 JC was born, probably at Talgarth in Brecknockshire (now Powys), Wales, one of several children. Bibliographic Citation link.
Presumably before May 1783 JC's Poems on Various Subjects: Entertaining, Elegiac, and Religious, was published for the author, by subscription, at Winchester, with her full birth name. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
Probably between 1801 and 1806 JC published at Bristol, pseudonymously as 'Mrs Rueful', a new kind of collection, Prose and Poetry, on Religious, Moral and Entertaining Subjects, exposing painful secrets about her marriage. Bibliographic Citation link.
Before 27 November 1812 Jane Winscom (formerly JC) died at Newport in Monmouthshire, aged fifty-eight; her funeral service took place on this day. Bibliographic Citation link.
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