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Elizabeth Thomas (dubbed 'Corinna' by Dryden and writing mostly in the early eighteenth century) was a poet of real stature and an interesting letter-writer. Her few authentic works have been upstaged by the many miscellaneous writings which survive in forms probably significantly changed from the way she left them.
31 August 1675 ET was born in London; she was her parents' only surviving child. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
25 April 1699 John Norris of Bemerton (in the course of a letter discussing philosophy and poetry) congratulated the young ET on her "pregnant Genius for Poetry." Bibliographic Citation link.
3 February 1731 ET died in London, in poverty. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
July 1731-February 1732 Curll published in two volumes the recently-dead ET's correspondence with her late fiancé (and other works) under the intriguing title of Pylades and Corinna. Bibliographic Citation link.
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