1 December 1742
AS was born at Eyam
, where her father was then rector.
October 1762-June 1768
AS preserved her letters from these years, as 'juvenilia'.
The thirty-year-old AS wrote one of her most forceful letters, polished like a polemical essay, about the prospect confronting a middle-class woman who does not marry.
AS began transcribing copies selected from among her voluminous letters into large bound volumes, with eventual publication in mind.
29 April 1802
AS wrote her first surviving letter to the young Walter Scott
, with a detailed critique of his Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border
, of which he had sent her the first volume (not the first work he had submitted to her).
AS's six-volume Letters . . . written between the years 1784 and 1807
were posthumously published: not edited by Scott
(as she had requested).