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In forty years of writing Barbara Hofland produced nearly seventy titles, not all discussed here (besides doubtful attributions). They include books for children or young adults and adult novels, with some poems, plays, guidebooks, and handbooks on artistic topics. More than 300,000 copies were sold in Britain and as many, proportionately to population, in the USA. Many were translated, covering most European languages. Bibliographic Citation link. Though her titles fall naturally into groups, named (in later parlance 'branded') from family relationships (notably widows as struggling, successful single mothers), or virtues, or boys' careers in the expanding British empire, Barbara Hofland always varies her formulas. Her novels for the adult market are independent in their attitudes, expressing an original and thinking mind.
Shortly before 16 February 1770 Barbara Wreaks (later BH) was born in Sheffield, the elder of at least two surviving children. Bibliographic Citation link.
Late 1812 BH published The Son of a Genius, dedicated to her thirteen-year-old son, quoting the book of Proverbs on the title-page. Bibliographic Citation link.
4 November 1844 BH died at Richmond in Surrey, of erysipelas exacerbated by the effects of a fall when going upstairs after her usual late-night shift of writing. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By 21 November 1846 BH's "Daniel Dennison; or, The Autobiography of A Country Apothecary" (inspired by George Crabbe's Annals of the Parish) and "The Cumberland Statesman" were posthumously published together as Daniel Dennison; and, The Cumberland Statesman. Bibliographic Citation link.
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