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As Michael Field, Katharine Harris Bradley and Edith Cooper published twenty-seven tragedies, mostly verse dramas on historical or classical subjects. Only one of their plays was staged, and it received poor reviews. Their unique literary collaboration also produced eight collections of poetry, one of which pays tribute to Sappho. Selections from their journal and letters appeared posthumously. Their Greek paganism influenced their earliest works, while their conversion to Roman Catholicism left its mark on later ones. Although Michael Field's work fell out of favour with most readers and critics early in 'her' career, this collaborative oeuvre has enjoyed a recent renaissance.
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27 October 1846 Katharine Harris Bradley (who was later known, along with Edith Cooper, as MF) was born at the address 10 Digbeth in Birmingham, the much younger one of two girls in her family. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
12 January 1862 Edith Cooper (who later shared the pen name MF with Katharine Harris Bradley) was born at Kenilworth in Warwickshire, at an address in the High Street; she was the elder of two girls. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 24 July 1875 Katharine Harris Bradley (later one of the writing partnership who made up MF) published a volume of poems, The New Minnesinger, under the pseudonym 'Arran Leigh'. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 18 June 1889 Writing as MF, Katharine Harris Bradley and Edith Cooper published Long Ago, a collection of poems written around the surviving fragments of Sappho. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 December 1913 Edith Cooper (known collectively with Katharine Harris Bradley as the poet MF) died of cancer at The Paragon, Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey. Bibliographic Citation link.
26 September 1914 Katharine Harris Bradley (who had shared the pen-name MF with Edith Cooper) died of cancer at The Cottage, near Armitage in Staffordshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
10 November 1933 Selections from the journal of MF appeared posthumously as Works and Days (title of the best-known work by the Greek poet Hesiod). This book offered new insight into the work and life of Katharine Harris Bradley and Edith Cooper. Bibliographic Citation link.
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