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Charlotte Lennox wrote during the eighteenth century, in every genre: poetry, fiction, translation, drama, a periodical, and scholarship. Yet she found it hard to make a living. Current interest in The Female Quixote still tends unjustly to obscure the rest of her oeuvre.
Between March 1729 and March 1730 Charlotte Ramsay (later CL) was born, in the British possession of Gibraltar: not, as had been supposed, an only child, but the youngest of five. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
4 November 1747 Poems on Several Occasions by the recently married CL appeared, as "by a young Lady," having been advertised as by Miss Ramsay. (A variant title-page says just "by a Lady.") Bibliographic Citation link.
13 March 1752 CL anonymously published her best-known novel, The Female Quixote; or, The Adventures of Arabella. Bibliographic Citation link.
24 March 1752 CL's The Female Quixote was crucially reviewed by Henry Fielding in his Covent Garden Journal. Bibliographic Citation link.
2 July 1752 A second edition of CL's The Female Quixote was called for, less than four months after the first. Bibliographic Citation link.
1 June 1790 CL's epistolary novel Euphemia was published. It is now considered to be her final work. Bibliographic Citation link.
2 January 1804 CL died in Dean's Yard, Westminster. She was buried in a pauper's grave, which is still (2018) unmarked. Bibliographic Citation link.
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