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Frances Wright was a writer in many genres: her œuvre includes a tragedy and a philosophical essay, but is dominated by political and feminist social critique, much of it taking the apparently ephemeral forms of lectures and letters. John Stuart Mill called her "one of the most important women of her day" Bibliographic Citation link. (that is, the earlier nineteenth century). The fact that much of her career was pursued in the United States means that she is often critically considered in the context of American literature and culture.
6 September 1795 FW was born at Dundee in Scotland, the middle one of three children. Bibliographic Citation link.
19 February 1819 FW's verse tragedy Altorf opened at the Park Theatre in New York during her first visit to the USA. Bibliographic Citation link.
1821 FW (as 'an Englishwoman') published with Longman and Rees of London Views of Society and Manners in America, In a Series of Letters from that Country to a Friend in England, during the years 1818, 1819, and 1820. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 December 1852 FW died in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Bibliographic Citation link.
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