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Fanny Kemble was a prolific nineteenth-century writer best known for her journals, which covered her life in the theatre and her residence in the American south. Her first-hand documentation of the institution of slavery was particularly controversial. Apart from her journals she experimented with drama, poetry, and autobiography, and—late in life—wrote her very first and only novel.
27 November 1809 FK was born in London during public riots (directed at her father) demanding a return to 'Old Prices' in the theatre. Bibliographic Citation link.
January 1828 FK admitted to throwing into the fire an 800-page manuscript. Bibliographic Citation link.
May 1863 The Athenæum reviewed FK's Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839 (with reflections on slavery), first published some twenty-five years after it was written. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 8 June 1889 FK published Far Away and Long Ago, her first and only novel, at the age of eighty. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 January 1893 FK died in London at the age of eighty-three. Bibliographic Citation link.
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