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Publishing from her provincial home over three decades spanning the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Margaret Holford, the elder, tried her hand at poetry, three novels (stuffed with the clich├ęs of the genre, but lively in style with a good grasp of colloquial exchange), and two comedies. In her second and third novels she is inventive and amusing, though not subtle or original. The oriental tale sometimes attributed to her is almost certainly by her daughter, though she probably wrote its preface.
Perhaps 1757 Margaret Wrench (later Margaret Holford the elder) was born this year, according to two submissions to the International Genealogical Index. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
Probably late 1785 An epistolary novel in three volumes, entitled Fanny: A Novel: In a Series of Letters, appeared as by an anonymous 'Lady': it is the first identified publication by Margaret Holford the elder. Bibliographic Citation link.
1814 Another five-act comedy by the elder Margaret Holford, "The Way to Win Her", published in The New British Theatre, seems to be her latest recorded work. Bibliographic Citation link.
November 1834 Margaret Holford the elder died at Chester (the town of her birth), in her early seventies. Bibliographic Citation link.
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