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Jane Collier was a remarkably innovative and experimental prose-writer of the mid-eighteenth century. She produced one anti-conduct-book, one collaborative novel (written together with Sarah Fielding), a remarkable commonplace-book (only recently discovered), and trenchant literary-critical comments. Other work may have failed to survive: she reached the planning stage, at least, with a tragedy, comedy, farce, her own periodical, a French grammar, and especially periodical essays.
Before 16 January 1715 JC was born at Steeple Langford (sometimes called Langford Magna) near Salisbury. Bibliographic Citation link.
May 1748 JC dated the first entry in the commonplace-book which her sister Margaret transcribed after her death. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 18 March 1753 JC published, anonymously, An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting, printed by Samuel Richardson. Bibliographic Citation link.
Shortly before 28 March 1755 JC died in London. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
24 May 1755 A couple of months after JC died, her sister Margaret began transcribing her commonplace-book, intending it as a gift of friendship, after her own death, to a mutual friend, Susan Carr. Bibliographic Citation link.
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