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Besides her poems and opera librettos dating from the late eighteenth century, Ann Hatton published with the Minerva Press fourteen novels or romances as Ann (or Anne) of Swansea, beginning in 1810. A highly intelligent though not particularly literary or highbrow writer, she reflects in turn almost every style of the period: settings historical and modern, in Wales, Scotland, the Lake District, and Ireland, besides Italy and Germany; historical romance, modern satire, and the emerging silver fork novel. Her theatrical heritage may have helped to produce her fine ear for dialogue.
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29 April 1764 Ann Julia Kemble (later AH) was born at Worcester. Bibliographic Citation link.
About 1775 The eleven-year-old Ann Kemble penned a play; it was acted at her father's theatre at Brecon. But no records substantiate her account of it. Bibliographic Citation link.
By April 1784 The future AH published with her name ("Ann Curtis, sister of Mrs. Siddons") Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects, with a strong subscription list, dedicated to Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
3 March 1794 Tammany; or, The Indian Chief, with a libretto entirely by AH, opened in New York: it was the first American (serious) opera on a native Indian subject. Bibliographic Citation link.
October 1838 AH addressed some verses to her old friend the Swansea doctor Douglas Cohen. Bibliographic Citation link.
26 December 1838 AH died at the age of seventy-four, after being a widow for more than thirty years, of "a renal dysfunction, probably Bright's Disease". Bibliographic Citation link.
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