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Eglinton Wallace's career in print spanned less than a decade. She began in 1787, with a published comedy and a contribution to the controversy over Goethe's sentimental novel Werter a poem and a statement of her own opinion. She continued writing plays, and from 1792 a number of prose commentaries (one of them entitled a sermon) on the moral and political state of the nation in the age of revolutions.
About 1750 or possibly 1754 Eglinton Maxwell (later EW) was born a youngest child at Monreith in Wigtownshire, Scotland: probably, that is, at Myrton Castle (now in ruins) since the present Monreith House on the estate was built only after her eldest brother inherited. Bibliographic Citation link.
After June 1787 EW made an early venture into print by contributing to the controversy swirling around Goethe's Werter: A Letter to a Friend, with a Poem called, The Ghost of Werter. Bibliographic Citation link.
1795 EW's The Whim, A Comedy, having been, most unusually, denied a licence by John Larpent, the official censor (husband of the diarist Anna Margaretta Larpent), was printed at Margate in Kent with an indignant Address from the author. Bibliographic Citation link.
28 March 1803 EW died at Munich in Bavaria. Bibliographic Citation link.
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