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Jane Johnson, an eighteenth-century country clergyman's wife, published nothing, but she "used her writing to examine the meaning of her life and to confront its problems." Bibliographic Citation link. She left letters (which incorporate poetry, fiction, and a dream-vision), notebooks, more poems, religious musings, stories for her children including the earliest known original fairy-tale in English, and a set of ingenious teaching aids known as a 'nursery library'.
16 December 1706 Jane Russell (later JJ) was born, probably at Warwick, where she was baptised. She was the younger of her parents' two children, with an elder half-sister from her father's first marriage.  Bibliographic Citation link.
1744 or 1745 Inspired by the use of stories in family education by Richardson's Pamela, JJ wrote, printed and bound for her daughter and eldest son "A very pretty story to tell Children when they are about five or six years of age". Bibliographic Citation link.
9 February 1759 JJ died in her early fifties, after less than a week's illness, "of an inflamation in her Bowels."  Bibliographic Citation link. She had made her will in 1758. Bibliographic Citation link.
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