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Elizabeth Griffith is now best-known as an eighteenth-century novelist and dramatist. But she was best-known in her own lifetime as a writer of fictional letters; and her output as a professional author included translation, short stories, periodical essays, and critical and editorial work.
11 October 1727 EG was born, not at Dublin (as has been supposed until very recently), but at Glamorgan in Wales. She was one of two children. Bibliographic Citation link.
Probably early 1752 EG, clandestinely married, pregnant, and living in an aunt's house in Dublin, sat down for the first time to write for publication and money. She produced Theodorick, King of Denmark, published that year. Bibliographic Citation link.
By April 1757 The first two volumes of A Series of Genuine Letters Between Henry and Frances—that is, between EG and her future husband, Richard Griffith—were published at both Dublin and London. Bibliographic Citation link.
By December 1766 Volumes 3 and 4 of A Series of Genuine Letters Between Henry and Frances, by EG and Richard Griffith, were published. Bibliographic Citation link.
3 December 1770 EG and Richard Griffith published the final two volumes of A Series of Genuine Letters Between Henry and Frances. Bibliographic Citation link.
11 November 1771 EG published with her name ('Mrs. Griffith') her best-known novel, The History of Lady Barton, A Novel in Letters. Bibliographic Citation link.
2 March 1782 EG published through Cadell her last work, a conduct book entitled Essays Addressed to Young Married Women. It first appeared anonymously, but a second issue, the same year, gave her name on a cancel. Bibliographic Citation link.
5 January 1793 EG died at her son's estate at Millicent, County Kildare, Ireland. Bibliographic Citation link.
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