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Ann Radcliffe is well known as the mistress par excellence of eighteenth-century Gothic fiction, the continuing tradition of which she strongly marked with the characteristics of her individual style. She also produced poetry, travel writing, and criticism. She apparently wrote for her own enjoyment, not because she needed the money, and after five novels in seven years she stopped publishing. She held aloof from the company of other literary people, and kept her private life from the public eye.
9 July 1764 Ann Ward (later AR) was born in Holborn, an only child. Bibliographic Citation link.
8 May 1794 AR published through Robinson her best-known gothic novel, The Mysteries of Udolpho, which netted her £500. Bibliographic Citation link.
December 1796 Publication was announced of the last gothic novel of AR's lifetime, The Italian, with 1797 on its title-page. Bibliographic Citation link.
7 February 1823 AR died in the early hours, after a month of severe asthma attacks; her literary silence had led many to suppose she was dead already. Bibliographic Citation link.
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