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Elizabeth Inchbald was a diarist from her teens. Before and after her debut on as an actress on the London stage in 1780, she considered writing as a way to make a living. Before she had made any headway getting her first novel accepted, she became a prolific dramatist: she wrote or translated twenty-one plays (about half of them adaptations). Three major theatrical editing projects appeared under her name. In the early twenty-first century her reputation stands high both as novelist and dramatist.
15 October 1753 Elizabeth Simpson (later EI) was born in Standingfield (now Stanningfield), near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Bibliographic Citation link.
1770 Elizabeth Simpson (later Inchbald), aged about seventeen, began keeping a diary; she was to continue this practice all her life. Bibliographic Citation link.
February 1777 EI began work on the novel which became A Simple Story. Bibliographic Citation link.
January 1810 EI received a letter from novelist Maria Edgeworth containing carefully-formulated praise of the nearly twenty-year-old A Simple Story (which Edgeworth had just read for the third or fourth time). Bibliographic Citation link.
1 August 1821 EI died at Kensington House, a London lay community of Roman Catholics. Bibliographic Citation link.
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