Anna Brownell Jameson, a prolific and professional writer of non-fiction, is best remembered for her travel writing, her treatises on art, and her provocative studies of fictional and famous women. In England she is noted for her feminist criticism and biography, and for her support of the younger set of writers and activists who founded the English Woman's Journal. In Canadian literary history she is remembered primarily for her forward-looking, feminist travel narrative Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada. Critics are just beginning to take stock of the achievements and influence of "one of the foremost women of letters in early Victorian England."
19 May 1794 Anna Brownell Murphy (later ABJ) was born in Dublin; she was the eldest of five daughters.
Perhaps 1815 'Anna Brownwell Murphy' (later ABJ) published A First or Mother's Dictionary for Children. If this date is correct, her first job as a governess had just ended.