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Writing and Life
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Sophia Lee's other writings, both dramatic and novelistic, are overshadowed by the fame of her novel The Recess.
Shortly before 13 May 1750 SL was born in London to parents who were both on the stage. Bibliographic Citation link.
February 1783 SL published with Cadell, as 'the author of The Chapter of Accidents', the first volume of her historical novel The Recess; or, A Tale of Other Times. Bibliographic Citation link.
Late 1785 SL published the final volumes of The Recess. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
About April 1804 SL's epistolary novel The Life of a Lover, written early in her career, finally reached print. Bibliographic Citation link.
28 January 1807 SL's last work, her comedy "The Assignation", was produced at Drury Lane. scholarly note link.
1820 A novelette appeared which was clearly a spin-off from SL's The Recess: it is entitled (in part) Rose Douglas; or, The Court of Elizabeth; its heroine is sole survivor of twins born to Mary Queen of Scots. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 March 1824 SL died at her home in Clifton near Bristol. Bibliographic Citation link.
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