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Mary Collier, writing during the earlier eighteenth century, is the first of the known proletarian women poets. Her best-known work is a powerful modern georgic; she also published occasional poems, some of them proto-feminist, and biblical paraphrase.
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About early October 1688 MC was born in Sussex, probably at Lodsworth. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
August 1739 MC published her georgic poem The Woman's Labour: An Epistle to Mr Stephen Duck, as 'Mary Collier, now a washer-woman, at Petersfield in Hampshire'. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
After 8 September 1761 MC, aged seventy-one, wrote the last datable poem in her volume Poems, on Several Occasions: "On the Marriage of George the Third". Bibliographic Citation link.
By 20 October 1762 MC died, presumably at Alton in Hampshire, where she was buried on this date. Bibliographic Citation link.
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