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Barbarina Brand, Baroness Dacre wrote as an amateur in the Romantic period. She wrote dramatic works, mostly tragedies, often adapted from texts by other authors, and poems, mostly occasional verse and often translated from poems by others. Her versions of sonnets by Petrarch were particularly admired. Many of her plays were comedies written for amateur theatricals (one of them for her grandchildren); family connections enabled her to have one of her serious historical plays staged at Drury Lane. Bibliographic Citation link.
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9 May 1768 Barbarina Ogle (later BBBD) was born, the third daughter in a family of six children who lived to grow up. Bibliographic Citation link.
February 1801 This seems to have been the earliest date that Barbarina Wilmot (later BBBD) attached to a poem in her printed collection. She gives this date to a sonnet inspired by a dream. Bibliographic Citation link.
1810 Barbarina Wilmot (later Lady Dacre) began work on her earliest play (of the four published in 1821): "Gonzalvo of Cordova", which she based on "a part of the little novel" Bibliographic Citation link. Gonzalve de Cordone, ou Grenade reconquise by Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian, Paris 1791. Bibliographic Citation link.
1838 Two years after implying that her Translations from the Italian would be her final publication, BBBD had fifty copies privately printed of a three-act play for children called Frogs and Bulls. A Liliputian Piece. Bibliographic Citation link.
17 May 1854 BBBD died in Chesterfield Street, London, at the age of eighty-six. Bibliographic Citation link.
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