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Frances Arabella Rowden, a schoolteacher by profession in the early nineteenth century, published mostly with instruction in mind. She began with a textbook on botany (designed to sanitize that topic after the work of Erasmus Darwin had made it controversial for females) which included inset poems. After another poem, she reverted to prose for books of religious tone on pagan mythology and the classics of European literature.
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1774 FAR was born in London, the eldest in a family of four girls, according to the ODNB. Bibliographic Citation link.
By December 1801 FAR issued by subscription her first book, A Poetical Introduction to the Study of Botany, a scientific textbook with inset poems. Bibliographic Citation link.
After 3 September 1820 FAR's final publication was A Biographical Sketch of the Most Distinguished Writers of Ancient and Modern Times, a collection of ancient and modern literary lives. Bibliographic Citation link.
Probably 1840 Frances Arabella de St Quintin, formerly Rowden, died. It is odd that the exact date is not recorded; nor is the place, whether Paris or somewhere back in England; the ODNB suggests Iver in Buckinghamshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
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