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Ann Thicknesse was, it seems, an opportunistic writer. Already accustomed to earning money from publicly performing music, she published five titles in four decades from 1761 to 1800: a self-justifying scandal memoir, two music manuals, a biographical dictionary and an autobiographical novel.
22 February 1737 Ann Ford (later AT) was born near the Temple in London, an only child. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 January 1761 Ann Ford (later AT) issued the first of her two published texts from this year: A Letter from Miss F—d, Addressed to a Person of Distinction [Lord Jersey], a defence of her conduct which was read, too, as scandalous gossip. Bibliographic Citation link.
By March 1778 AT published with her name Sketches of the Lives and Writings of the Ladies of France, a biographical dictionary whose title includes the boast that it is "Addressed to Mrs Elizabeth Carter". Bibliographic Citation link.
By November 1781 AT completed the publication, this time by subscription, of another version or a continuation of her biographical dictionary Sketches of the Lives and Writings of the Ladies of France, now in three volumes of which the first is dated 1780. Bibliographic Citation link.
Spring or later, 1800 The last of AT's published works (again by subscription) was a heavily autobiographical novel or secret history, The School for Fashion. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
20 January 1824 AT died at eighty-six, after more than thirty years of widowhood. Bibliographic Citation link.
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