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In her own day Elizabeth Hamilton was best known and loved for "My Ain Fireside" (a song expressive of national Scottish feeling and the glorification of the domestic) and for Cottagers of Glenburnie, 1808, a novel of domestic improvement. In later generations her satire on the Jacobins has got her type-cast as an unmitigated conservative. In fact her writings in many genres (poems, novels, essays, biography, and writings on education, religion, and philosophy) combine a scholarly and an ironic bent, and her conservatism includes a strong streak of feminism. Her novels make less use than most of the marriage plot, and she presents single women as strong and admirable.
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Probably 21 July 1756 EH was born in Belfast, Ireland, the youngest of her family. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By May 1800 EH published, at Bath as well as London, her second novel, Memoirs of Modern Philosophers. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By April 1815 EH published a work on education: Hints Addressed to the Patrons and Directors of Schools. Bibliographic Citation link.
23 July 1816 EH died at Harrogate in Yorkshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
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