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Mary Russell Mitford, poet, playwright, editor, letter-writer, memoirist, and—in just one work—novelist, is best known for her sketches of rural life, especially those in the successive volumes of Our Village (whose first appeared in 1824). Her greatest success came when, under the pressure of her father's inexhaustible capacity for running up debt, she turned from the respected genres of poetry and plays to work at something more popular and remunerative.
16 December 1787 MRM, an only child, was born at Alresford in Hampshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
7 February 1809 MRM wrote a poem "To the Memory of Sir John Moore", which she sent her father two days later, with apology for attempting a subject too grand for her. Bibliographic Citation link.
December 1822 The Lady's Magazine published MRM's "Landscape Sketches", the germ of her later, famous Our Village. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By April 1824 The publisher George Whittaker issued a first volume of MRM's Our Village: Sketches of Rural Life, Character, and Scenery under her name: four more volumes followed. Bibliographic Citation link.
Early November 1827-September 1832 A further four volumes of MRM's Our Village appeared, one by one. Bibliographic Citation link.
1833 Marianne Croker mocked MRM's prose in My Village Versus Our Village. Bibliographic Citation link.
10 January 1855 MRM died at her cottage at Swallowfield near Reading. Bibliographic Citation link.
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