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Hannah Cowley, who is said to have become a dramatist by accident and who probably persevered out of necessity, achieved in time great stage success during the late eighteenth century. She was well acquainted with the plays of her female predecessors, and often made use of them. She also wrote poetry, and may possibly have written a novel.
14 March 1743 Hannah Parkhouse (later HC) was born at Tiverton in Devon. Bibliographic Citation link.
15 February 1776 HC's first play, the comedy The Runaway, opened at Drury Lane, as the only new mainpiece of David Garrick's final season; it had the successful run of seventeen nights. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 February 1780 HC had her first great hit when her comedy The Belle's Stratagem opened at Covent Garden. Bibliographic Citation link.
11 March 1809 HC died at Tiverton in Devon, of a liver complaint: she had been planting flowers the day before she died. Bibliographic Citation link.
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