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The poetry of the labouring-class Mary Leapor (who died before she was thirty) remakes standard Augustan conventions from an outsider's point of view. This poetry would be important for its sheer literary quality even apart from the rarity of its gender and class position. She also wrote a completed tragedy and part of another, and letters which evaluate her own situation with remarkable perception.
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26 February 1722 ML was born at Marston St Lawrence in Northamptonshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
Just before 14 November 1746 ML died of measles at Brackley. Bibliographic Citation link.
April 1748 The subscribers received copies of the first volume of ML's Poems upon Several Occasions, posthumously published for the benefit of her father. Bibliographic Citation link.
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