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Katherine Philips, who wrote during the mid seventeenth century, may herself have valued her public more highly than her private ones. But she won lasting importance as a poet of passionate female friendship and as realising new possibilites in translation and drama. She was an acceptable role-model and an active inspiration and enabler for women writers of several generations, before her rediscovery in the twentieth century as an inspiration for women loving women.
1 January 1632 Katherine Fowler (later KP) was born at Bucklersbury in the City of London, near the present Bank of England. Bibliographic Citation link.
10 February 1663 KP's Pompey, a tragedy translated from Pierre Corneille, was performed at the Smock Alley Theatre (also known as the Theatre Royal, Dublin). Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
Early April 1663 KP's Pompey. A Tragœdy was published at Dublin by Samuel Dancer. Bibliographic Citation link.
10 June 1664 KP wrote her last poem: to Gilbert Sheldon, Archbishop of Canterbury. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 June 1664 KP died of smallpox in Fleet Street, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 January 1667 Richard Marriott resigned his rights in KP's poems, preparing the way for Sir Charles Cotterell's posthumous edition, Poems by the most deservedly Admired Mrs. Katherine Philips, the Matchless Orinda, which appeared the same year. Bibliographic Citation link.
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