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Mary Davys was one of the first wave of novelists to follow Aphra Behn during the early eighteenth century. She also wrote plays and poetry, and is known as an Irish writer.
About 1674 MD was born, probably though not certainly in Ireland. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1700 MD wrote the novel later called "The Lady's Tale", "the Effect of my first Flight to the Muses." Bibliographic Citation link.
By September 1724 MD published her longest book so far, The Reform'd Coquet, or Memoirs of Amoranda; a novel, by subscription: the first novel by a woman to be issued in this way. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 July 1731 The Grub-Street Journal printed MD's brief but spirited and dignified response to its attack on her. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
3 July 1732 MD died in Cambridge. Bibliographic Citation link.
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