20 August 1737
Maria Susanna Bransby (later Cooper) was born at Shotesham
(close to Norwich
), the eldest daughter in her family.
30 October 1762
MSC wrote to publisher James Dodsley
about the anonymous appearance of her first book, the novel Letters Between Emilia and Harriet
. Her letter is now lost, as is one written this year by her husband
about her work.
By April 1775
MSC, by now the author of three published novels, recast her earliest one, Letters Between Emilia and Harriet
, under the title of The Daughter
, in order to point up its relationship to her intervening didactic works about the ideal wife and the ideal mother.
May 1813 Robert Bransby Cooper
published another posthumous short novel or novella by his mother, MSC: The Wife, or Caroline Herbert
, which he had revised in manuscript.