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Writing for money in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Eliza Parsons produced about twenty novels comprising (she said) sixty-five volumes, which may have been reckoned to include her play and six volumes of novels translated from French. All her fiction is didactic, and the works which are not sentimental are gothic. She began as a heavy-handed stylist and never ceased to over-write, but she was skilled in hooking and holding readers. She was popular with the public though she had to be content with faint praise from reviewers, who often commented on her defective grammar.
By 4 April 1739 Eliza Philp (later Parsons) was born at Plymouth in Devon, an only daughter. This was the date of her baptism. Bibliographic Citation link.
31 March 1790 EP, whose husband had died leaving her the support of her family, dated the dedication to her first, epistolary novel, The History of Miss Meredith, published by this August with a fashionable subscription list. Bibliographic Citation link.
About October 1793 EP made some pretence to be translating from an exotic original in her first gothic novel, The Castle of Wolfenbach; A German Story. Bibliographic Citation link.
1807 EP published apparently her final work, The Convict, or Navy Lieutenant. A Novel. Bibliographic Citation link.
5 February 1811 EP died at Leytonstone near London. Bibliographic Citation link.
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