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Active at the end of the eighteenth century and the first several decades of the nineteenth, Mary Charlton published a dozen historical or exotic romances and socially critical novels. The former made her one of the leading lights of the Minerva Press; the latter have better stood the test of time, though the former share some of their intelligence and ability to make a narrative gripping. She also translated from several languages and may have edited poetry for children.
By 1774 The ascription of MC's birth to this period is likely but far from certain. Bibliographic Citation link.
By October 1794 MC published, anonymously, her first, two-volume novel with the Minerva Press, a work à clef entitled The Parisian; or, Genuine Anecdotes of Distinguished and Noble Characters. Bibliographic Citation link.
Probably June 1799 MC's next work, again with the Minerva Press, was in a new style for her: the satirical Rosella; or, Modern Occurrences, A Novel. Bibliographic Citation link.
By October 1824 MC published Grandeur and Meanness; or, Domestic Persecution, A Novel, in which social critique is again well to the fore; it appears to be her last publication. Bibliographic Citation link.
It is not known where or when MC died, though it was in all probability after the appearance of her last known work in 1824.
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