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The fame of the eighteenth-century Irishwoman Laetitia Pilkington as a memoirist—often thought of as a courtesan memoirist and writer of secret history—has obscured her very considerable merit as a poet and satirist.
Probably December 1708 or January 1709 Laetitia Van Lewen (later LP) was born in County Cork, her parents' eldest surviving child. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1744-5 LP perhaps offered a volume of Memoirs to a publisher for the first time. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 June 1747 LP's Memoirs, volume one, was first advertised in Dublin. Bibliographic Citation link.
Probably by 3 March 1748 LP's Memoirs, volume one, was in print at Dublin. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 22 June 1748 The first London edition of LP's Memoirs was published, following the Dublin edition by about three months. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 17 December 1748 The subscription edition of LP's Memoirs, volume two, was in print at Dublin, a year after the first advertisement for it. Bibliographic Citation link.
23 November 1749 LP's Memoirs, volume three (still unfinished), was advertised in Dublin. Bibliographic Citation link.
29 July 1750 LP died in Dublin: as a result, said her son Jack, of chronic digestive problems and a heavy cough. She probably had ulcers Bibliographic Citation link.
June 1754 LP's Memoirs, volume three, was posthumously published by her son John Carteret Pilkington, in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
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