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Mary Ann Radcliffe wrote her feminist tract The Female Advocate from personal indignation at women's inferior earning opportunities, and her Memoirs from a wish to tell the tale of her woes and struggles. The two are not so distant as at first may seem, since they deal with the same predicament. Mary Ann Radcliffe also wrote poetry; but the bunch of heterogeneous fictions attributed to her were mostly listed as by 'Mrs Ann Radcliffe' or 'Mrs Radcliffe' (presumably as an unscrupulous maketing ploy) before the form 'Mary Anne' was applied to them. It is unlikely, though not impossible, that any of them was the work of the same person who wrote the feminist tract and the memoir.
18 June 1746 Mary Clayton, who later wrote as MAR, was baptised in St Nicholas' Church at Nottingham, the elder of two daughters, and the sole survivor. Bibliographic Citation link.
Probably after January 1792 MAR says she began work this year on the 'feminist' manifesto which became The Female Advocate. Bibliographic Citation link.
9 February 1810 MAR, after interruptions from sickness and weariness, pressed on with her Memoirs. Bibliographic Citation link.
Shortly before 6 August 1818 MAR died in Lochend Close, Canongate, Edinburgh, of a 'decline'. Since her son Joseph is known to have lived later in East Lochend's Close, it may be that she died in his house. Bibliographic Citation link.
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