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Emily Frederick Clark wrote for the support of her family (whose supposedly distinguished origins were very important to her). Between 1798 and 1819 she published four novels, a volume of poems, and another of stories. Much other work remained unpublished. The Feminist Companion summarises the pattern of her fiction as "high life, partly abroad; ideal heroines happily married after undeserved suffering; villains punished, and loyal lower orders . . . thanked." Bibliographic Citation link.
EFC was one of four children, having two sisters and a brother. Her date of birth is unknown, but the achievement of her first novel suggests that she can hardly have been born later than 1780.
By August 1798 The year after her grandfather's high-profile suicide, EFC published in two volumes with Hookham and Carpenter, by subscription, her first novel (also her first book): Ianthé, or The Flower of Caernarvon. Bibliographic Citation link.
EFC died some time after 7 March 1833, when she was still alive, though ill, and appealing apparently for the last time to the Royal Literary Fund. Bibliographic Citation link.
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