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Sarah Scott, who published during the second half of the eighteenth century, wrote for money and never signed her name to her work. She is known as a novelist; but as a historian and translator she also deserves the appellation of woman of letters, and as one who chose to pursue an alternative, carefully-thought-out, woman-centred lifestyle she deserves the appellation of feminist. Her fictional writing does not repeat itself in form but takes on new technical issues with each title. Her concerns are always those of proto-feminism: the problems of middle-class women disadvantaged by poverty, lack of beauty, and absence of outlets for their talents, and the plight of lower-class women and the disabled.
21 September 1720 Sarah Robinson (later SS) was born, the younger daughter to survive in her family. Bibliographic Citation link.
19 April 1750 The publisher Andrew Millar released the first, anonymous novel by Sarah Robinson (later SS): The History of Cornelia. Bibliographic Citation link.
29 October 1762 SS published through John Newbery her most famous novel, A Description of Millenium Hall, or of a female utopia described by a male narrator. Bibliographic Citation link.
19 May 1772 SS published anonymously, through Edward and Charles Dilly, her last work, another historical one: The Life of Théodore Agrippa d'Aubigné. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
3 November 1795 SS died at Catton near Norwich. Bibliographic Citation link.
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