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Jane Taylor, a writer of poems for children when she was little more than a child herself, saw herself in adulthood as first and foremost a Christian writer, seeking to change the lives of her readers, adults as well as the young. Her poems and fictions are vividly inventive: she creates animal characters which comically mirror and illuminate human characteristics, as well as thumb-nail sketches of ordinary people whose moral and psychological quirks (not only failings) are vividly realised. Her skill in dialogue and scenes of everyday social interaction matches that in character-study. In a family where all were writers, her siblings recognised that she was the outstanding talent. In most generations since her death one or two serious critical voices have been heard in her praise, while the general or popular idea of her has been that of merely a pious writer for children. scholarly note link. In the recent re-evaluation of women's writing, Jane Taylor has her champions, notably critic Stuart Curran.
23 September 1783 JT was born in Red Lion Street, Holborn, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
By September 1816 JT's Essays in Rhyme, on Morals and Manners, finished that spring, were published with her name. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 April 1824 JT died after a long struggle with breast cancer, at the family home in Ongar in Essex. Bibliographic Citation link.
1824 JT's writings for The Youth's Magazine were posthumously collected as The Contributions of Q. Q. to a Periodical Work. Bibliographic Citation link.
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