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Ann Taylor Gilbert, her next sister and two brothers, wrote and published seventy-three books. The first and most famous title appeared in 1804-5. Most of these works were collaboratively authored in various combinations. They were mainly for children and mainly in verse: Ann and Jane Taylor are important in the history of verse for children. Ann Taylor Gilbert also wrote for and edited a children's periodical, and reviewed books by adults. In later life she wrote religious exhortation, political advice, occasional poetry, and family memoirs (completed after her death).
30 January 1782 Ann Taylor (later ATG) was born in Islington, London, on her father's twenty-second birthday; she was the eldest of eleven children. Bibliographic Citation link.
Probably 1797 The teenage Ann Taylor (later ATG) made her first appearance in print—with an election song. Bibliographic Citation link.
1 June 1803 Darton and Harvey, replying to an enquiry about printing what became Original Poems for Infant Minds, offered the Taylor family "a suitable return in cash or in books." Bibliographic Citation link. The response: "Books good, but cash better." Bibliographic Citation link.
1804-November 1805 Jane and Ann Taylor, with Adelaide O'Keeffe and others, as 'Several Young Persons', published their phenomenally successful collection, Original Poems for Infant Minds.  Bibliographic Citation link.
20 December 1866 ATG died at Nottingham on a Thursday morning, having taken to her bed the Monday before, and fallen into a sleep which sounds like a coma. Bibliographic Citation link.
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