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EFG, an American poet writing in the later eighteenth century (who also ran the first American literary salon), was remarkable for the ambitious scope of her writing. As well as occasional verse and translation, she worked in such formal genres as pastoral, philosophical poetry, and metrical psalms. (A travel diary kept on a visit to England and Scotland is lost.) She published in magazines under pseudonyms, but also fitted up her longer, more esoteric works (not intended for publication) with the kind of notes, introduction, and paratextual material which are generally associated with print. This indicates a flourishing and critically informed manuscript culture in Philadelphia during her lifetime.
3 February 1737 EGF was born Elizabeth Graeme in Philadelphia, the youngest in her family. Bibliographic Citation link.
By June 1752 Elizabeth Graeme (later Fergusson), still in her teens, was writing poems in a commonplace-book which is now in the library of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. Bibliographic Citation link.
23 February 1801 EGF died at a friend's home not far from Graeme Park, her own family estate near Philadelphia. Bibliographic Citation link.
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