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Elizabeth Cooper, d. 1761 is an obscure, early eighteenth-century writer with considerable talent in the two very different fields of stage comedy (of which she wrote two and published one) and antiquarian research (which led her to edit the ground-breaking historical anthology The Muses Library).
1698 Elizabeth Price (later the writer Elizabeth Cooper) was born by the end of this year, which was also the year her father died. (Her parents had married in London on 8 June 1696.) Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
22 February 1735 Elizabeth Cooper's comedy The Rival Widows; or, Fair Libertine opened at Covent Garden, where it ran for long enough to give her the profits of two benefit nights. Bibliographic Citation link.
Probably by 22 June 1737 Elizabeth Cooper published The Muses Library, a ground-breaking work: an anthology of poetry selected on historical principles. Bibliographic Citation link.
5 August 1761 According to a nineteenth-century editor of William Oldys, Elizabeth Cooper died on this date. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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