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Jane Marcet was a prolific early-nineteenth-century scientific populariser and later a children's writer. Her textbooks on specialised fields of science and on political economy (designed for school-age girls, but much used by professional men) take the form of dialogues between a female teacher and her students. They represent a marked advance in expectations for the education of women. They and her other pedagogic books for the young were for decades among the most widely used of their day in Britain and North America, and were popular also in translation on the Continent and in many later revisions and adaptations.
Shortly before 23 June 1769 Jane Haldimand (later JM) was born in London; she was baptised on this day. Bibliographic Citation link.
After May 1819 JM, as 'the author of Conversations on Chemistry', published a book from a manuscript she had long had by her: Conversations on Natural Philosophy (that is to say physics). Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
28 June 1858 JM died in her late eighties, at her daughter's house at 14 Stratton Street, Piccadilly, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 30 October 1858 In the year of JM's death there appeared Mrs. Marcet's Story-Book, a Selection from the Stories Contained in her Books for Little Children; several are fairy tales. Bibliographic Citation link.
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