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Florence Nightingale's fame began when she headed nurses in the Crimean war. After the war, she worked to reform health care and promoted sanitation at home and abroad. To this end she composed speeches, government reports, statistical analyses, articles, and pamphlets. She travelled extensively in her youth, producing many letters which were later collected and published. She also wrote theology, including the work which contains her feminist fragment "Cassandra". Although Florence Nightingale was a versatile, political, and prolific writer (she produced over two hundred literary works during her career), she is remembered almost solely for her nursing work. Bibliographic Citation link.
12 May 1820 FN was born at Villa La Columbaia in Florence, Italy. Bibliographic Citation link.
1828-1830 Between the ages eight and ten, FN composed her autobiography, "La vie de Florence Rossignol", written in French. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 19 August 1850 FN completed writing, in five days, her first pamphlet, The Institution of Kaiserswerth on the Rhine. It appeared anonymously the following year: her earliest published work. Bibliographic Citation link.
End of December 1859 FN published her foundational treatise Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not in its first, undated edition. It did not become available for sale until early next year. Bibliographic Citation link.
12 November 1901 FN's letter "Ladies Home, 90, Harley Street" appeared in the Times. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 August 1910 At the age of ninety, FN died in her sleep at her home in South Street, Park Lane, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
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