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Joanna Southcott, charismatic religious leader, produced sixty-five or more printed tracts (amounting to 4,500 pages) and many works in manuscript during the first thirteen years of the nineteenth century. These, she maintained, were dictated to her by the Spirit of God. Bibliographic Citation link. Her biographer James K. Hopkins, offers a five-page bibliography of what he calls "the dense thicket of Joanna's published writings." Bibliographic Citation link.
25 April 1750 JS was born at Tarford near Ottery St Mary, though shortly after her birth her family moved to Gittisham in Devon, where she lived until she set out for Exeter and then London. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
January 1801 JS borrowed money to begin publication at Exeter of her first tract, The Strange Effects of Faith. Bibliographic Citation link.
27 December 1814 JS, widely seen as a female Messiah, died: her 100,000 followers (this was said to be their number in London alone) waited four more days, hoping for a posthumous childbirth. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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