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Jane Porter was largely an early nineteenth-century author: though she reached print before the end of the previous century, she let her younger and more prolific sister get the start of her in publishing. She wrote plays, poems, and diaries, and edited Sir Philip Sidney, but she began with and is best known for her pioneering of the historical novel.
3 December 1775 JP was born in Durham, the middle one of five children. She was not baptised until 17 January 1776, with the result that 1776 has often been given as the year of her birth. Bibliographic Citation link.
By September 1803 JP published her historical novel Thaddeus of Warsaw, dedicated to the naval hero Sir Sidney Smith. Bibliographic Citation link.
24 May 1850 JP died in Bristol, having outlived her younger sister, Anna Maria, by nearly twenty years, and having been some time in bad health. Bibliographic Citation link.
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