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Amelia Opie, who was publishing at the end of the eighteenth century and during the earlier nineteenth century, is best known as a novelist, but was also a dramatist, poet, and short-story writer. The opinions expressed in her writings are often reactionary in gender terms, though she was brought up a Unitarian and later became a Quaker and an active Abolitionist.
12 November 1769 Amelia Alderson (later AO) was born in Norwich, her parents' only child. Bibliographic Citation link.
May 1834 AO's "last major publication," Lays for the Dead, appeared, with a preface acknowledging that some might find the subject-matter monotonous. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 27 August 1843 AO finished her careful revisions to The Father and Daughter and Adeline Mowbray for re-issue in the new edition printed in 1844 by W. Grove and Sons for Longman. Bibliographic Citation link.
20 April 1850 AO sent off to the organizers of an anti-slavery bazaar, to be used anonymously, the latest of her poems which her editors have been able to date. It begins: "Oh ye! who come this show to view." Bibliographic Citation link.
2 December 1853 AO died in Norwich, after only a few months of decline and failing memory. Bibliographic Citation link.
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