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Mary Robinson, scandalous woman and Romantic poet, was also a forceful and emotional, radical writer in many other genres: novels, scholarship, memoirs, drama, periodical essays, and translation. During the last two years of her life her level of productivity was almost frenetic, and the quality of her writing was adversely affected.
Almost certainly 27 November 1757 Mary Darby (later MR) was born "during a tempestuous night," Bibliographic Citation link. at the Minster House, College Green, Bristol: two years earlier than the date given by her published memoirs and her gravestone. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
Summer 1775 MR published Poems, some of them written long before. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 October 1796 MR issued one of her best-known works, a sequence of forty-four erotic sonnets entitled Sappho and Phaon. Bibliographic Citation link.
26 December 1800 MR died in her daughter's cottage at Englefield Green, of water on the lungs. Bibliographic Citation link.
1806 MR's Poetical Works were posthumously published, edited by her daughter Maria Elizabeth. Bibliographic Citation link.
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