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Elizabeth Hands, a mid-eighteenth-century labouring-class poet, is of interest for the literary quality of her work (in pastoral, narrative poetry/biblical paraphrase, and satire) and also as an example of writing and publishing without the usual support of education and social standing.
Shortly before 5 June 1746 Elizabeth Herbert (later EH) was born at Harbury in Warwickshire: this was the day of her christening. Bibliographic Citation link.
24 November 1788 Jopson's Coventry Mercury advertised the subscription for EH's The Death of Amnon; it advertised the volume itself on 21 September 1789. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 September 1789 EH's The Death of Amnon. A Poem. With an Appendix: Containing Pastorals, and Other Poetical Pieces was advertised as "printed for the Author" by subscription at Coventry, with her name. Bibliographic Citation link.
Shortly before 28 June 1815 EH died at Bourton-on-Dunsmore in Warwickshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
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