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Anne Grant's life as woman of letters, which had its foundations in a bookish, colonial American childhood and isolated, late-eighteenth-century married years in the Scottish Highlands, was constructed during her residence in Edinburgh during the early nineteenth century. Her initial attitude to publication was ambivalent (no doubt because she hated being in financial need), but by the end of her life she came to see herself as a serious poet. Her letters are full of acute and up-to-the-minute literary judgements: particularly on women writers, among whom she has no sympathy for radicals. Her best-known work today is her biography of a colonial North American woman, a fascinating document in cultural history.
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21 February 1755 Anne MacVicar (later AG) was born in Glasgow; she remained an only child. Bibliographic Citation link.
1803 With an impressive list of subscribers, AG issued what she called her "tiresome collection": Poems on Various Subjects. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 27 August 1831 James Kirke Paulding published a popular rewriting of AG's Memoirs of an American Lady entitled The Dutchman's Fireside. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
21 February 1838 On her eighty-third birthday AG wrote her final poem. Bibliographic Citation link.
7 November 1838 AG died at her house in Manor Place, Edinburgh, after a bout of influenza, but "exempted from pain or suffering of any kind, bodily or mental," Bibliographic Citation link. according to her surviving son. Bibliographic Citation link.
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