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Mary Chandler, writing in the earlier eighteenth century, became famous for a single poem, the A Description of Bath, whose chief interest is the way it functions as part of a local tourist economy. Her minor poems show her to have been independent-minded, witty, and trenchant. They include comic narrative, defence of the single life, and an epitaph for herself. She also wrote to write a theological text and a biblical paraphrase, which are not known to survive.
1687 MC was born at Malmesbury in Wiltshire, the eldest of three children, and the only girl. Bibliographic Citation link.
24 February 1733 MC published the first, anonymous, edition of A Description of Bath, A Poem in a Letter to a Friend. Bibliographic Citation link.
By September 1734 Samuel Richardson, in London, did another anonymous printing of MC's A Description of Bath. Bibliographic Citation link.
11 September 1745 MC died at Bath. Bibliographic Citation link.
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