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Harriet Corp was an obscure early nineteenth-century writer of religious and didactic fiction (both novels and short stories) with striking talent and intelligence, as well as a strong interest in the spiritual and material condition of the poor. Though earnest, she is also full of humour and common sense. Her most striking works were produced by a desire to answer the writings of others. She is a notable example of a writer who missed out on financial profit although her works achieved popularity.
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The date and place of HC's birth are not known. She might plausibly be the 'Harriah' Corp baptised at an Independent church at Chelwood in Somerset on 23 December 1767. Bibliographic Citation link.
By November 1805 As formerly speculated but only recently demonstrated, HC's first publication, under the name 'a Lady', was Interesting Conversations on Moral and Religious Subjects, Interspersed with Narrative. Bibliographic Citation link.
By July 1807 HC published her anonymous religious novel An Antidote to the Miseries of Human Life, which proved an enduring success. Bibliographic Citation link.
After 1849 If HC was still alive when her last known title was published, then she died some time in or after this year, having lived at least eighteen years in poverty. Bibliographic Citation link.
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