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Jane Francesca, Lady Wilde, remains best known for her fierce Irish Nationalist poems published in the Nation under the pseudonym 'Speranza'. She became known for her translations of both poetry and fiction. Her literary output, often published first in periodicals, also included travel writing, literary criticism, essays, leaders, and two collections of Irish folklore. After the death of her husband, she wrote primarily to support herself. Despite her substantial oeuvre spanning the mid to late Victorian periods, and her influence in both Dublin and London through her famous salons, her work has largely been forgotten even by Irish literary historians, and her career shadowed by that of her youngest son, Oscar Wilde.
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27 December 1821 Jane Frances Elgee (later 'Speranza' or JFLW) was born in Dublin. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 February 1846 As 'Speranza', Jane Francesca Elgee (later JFLW) published her first work in the Nation: a translation of the German poem "The Holy War". Bibliographic Citation link.
By 12 August 1893 Under her own name, Jane Francesca, Lady Wilde, published her last book-length work, Social Studies, a collection of essays which included "The Bondage of Woman" and "Genius and Marriage". Bibliographic Citation link.
3 February 1896 JFLW, commonly known under her pen-name 'Speranza', died of complications from bronchitis while her son Oscar was serving his prison sentence. Bibliographic Citation link.
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