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Eliza Kirkham Mathews published less than has been supposed. Only her children's books, two volumes of poems, and two novels (melodramatic but heartfelt, presenting actual, financial, as well as romance-type struggles) pose no problems of attribution. She began but left unfinished an adaptation for the stage, which may or may not have been her only work in this genre. Two novels sometimes ascribed to her, with a similar but different name, cannot be hers. Another series of novels commonly attributed to her, published by Hookham, has now been shown to be by Laetitia-Matilda Hawkins.
5 August 1772 Eliza Kirkham Strong (later EKM) was born at Exeter, one of at least four children. Bibliographic Citation link.
Soon after 22 March 1801 EKM published anonymously with the Minerva Press a remarkable, gothic-flavoured novel, the only one to be incontrovertibly ascribed to her: What Has Been: A Novel. Bibliographic Citation link.
25 May 1802 EKM died of tuberculosis in York after painful weeks of spitting blood. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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