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Clara Reeve, late-eighteenth-century novelist, wrote both gothic and contemporary novels (the first being her best known), as well as poetry and a pioneer work of serious criticism about the novel form. At the end of her life she reckoned her published output at twenty-one volumes, not counting pamphlets. Bibliographic Citation link.
23 January 1729 CR was born at Ipswich in Suffolk, the eldest daughter in a family of eight children. Bibliographic Citation link.
1769 CR published her first book, Original Poems on Several Occasions. Bibliographic Citation link.
By July 1785 CR published at Colchester her most famous work, The Progress of Romance through Times, Countries, and Manners, incorporating "The History of Charoba, Queen of Ægypt". Bibliographic Citation link.
1802 CR published her last known work, a historical novel intended for young people and entitled Edwin, King of Northumberland: a story of the seventh century. Bibliographic Citation link.
3 December 1807 CR died at Ipswich in Suffolk. Bibliographic Citation link.
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