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Mary Pix, writing and publishing at the end of the seventeenth century and the beginning of the eighteenth, was the most prolific female playwright since Behn. Her comedies, full of fun and acute observation of human vagaries, depend more on stagecraft, situation, and plotting than on verbal wit, and are unusually sympathetic to the non-upper classes. As well as both comedies and tragedies, Mary Pix wrote poems and a novel.
1666 Mary Griffith (later MP) was born at Nettlebed in Oxfordshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
1688 MP first appeared in print, with commendatory lines she had written to preface Richard Ames's pseudonymous Sylvia's Revenge; or, A Satyr against Man. Bibliographic Citation link.
17 October 1696 MP's farce or comedy The Spanish Wives was published. Bibliographic Citation link.
1 May 1707 MP published A Poem, Humbly Inscrib'd to the Lords Commissioners for the Union of the Two Kingdoms: her final appearance in print. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 19 May 1709 MP had died; this was the day of her funeral. Bibliographic Citation link.
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