Jane Porter

Standard Name: Porter, Jane
Birth Name: Jane Porter
JP was largely an early nineteenth-century author: though she reached print before the end of the previous century, she let her younger and more prolific sister get the start of her in publishing. She wrote plays, poems, and diaries, and edited Sir Philip Sidney , but she began with and is best known for her pioneering of the historical novel.
Black and white oval image from a painting of Jane Porter by George Henry Harlow, before 1811. She wears a simple light-coloured, low-necked bodice, and a mantle with ruffled shoulders. Her dark curly hair is piled on her head, and her name is written below.bb
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death Mary Robinson
An autopsy revealed six large gall-stones.
Highfill, Philip H., Kalman A. Burnim, and Edward A. Langhans. A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers and Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800. Southern Illinois University Press, 1993.
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Though not much past forty, she had outlived all of her immediate family except her daughter and one brother. Jane Porter wrote an obituary intended for periodical...
Dedications Agnes Strickland
The early work had been done by Elizabeth, but Agnes cherished for Mary a romantic passion that she bestowed on no other queen.
Pope-Hennessy, Una. Agnes Strickland: Biographer of the Queens of England. Chatto and Windus, 1940.
The work was dedicated to Jane Porter , who had found...
Dedications Elizabeth Strickland
Elizabeth collaborated with her sister again in an edition of the Letters of Mary, Queen of Scots, 1842, a project which she began and which Agnes later joined. Many of these letters were appearing...
Dedications Anna Maria Porter
It is dedicated to the author's mother and sister : Those Dear Friends, in whose domestic society the principal part of this work was composed.
Porter, Anna Maria. The Knight of St John. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1817.
Two further English editions, a New York edition, and...
Education Annie S. Swan
ASS says her first conscious memory was of telling a quite deliberate lie at the age of five, and basely tempt[ing] two infant brothers to share my crime.
Swan, Annie S. My Life. Ivor Nicholson and Watson, 1934.
Her mother took care to cultivate...
Family and Intimate relationships Selina Davenport
Her father, Captain Charles Granville Wheler , was a great-nephew of Sir George Wheler , a traveller, clergyman, scholar, and early member of the Royal Society , who had a family estate in Kent. (...
Family and Intimate relationships Maria Theresa Kemble
They had become engaged in 1800. John Philip Kemble and other family members disapproved, and perhaps hoped that Charles would change his mind if made to wait. People saw MTK 's manners as rough and...
Family and Intimate relationships Selina Davenport
The marriage ended around 1810 in an acrimonious separation. SD left her husband, for what her supporters later said were sufficient reasons.
Archives of the Royal Literary Fund, 1790-1918.
Years later Jane Porter wrote that SDis known by the name...
Family and Intimate relationships Anna Maria Porter
AMP 's sister Jane was a writer like herself.
Mudge, Bradford Keyes, editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 116. Gale Research, 1992.
Family and Intimate relationships Selina Davenport
In 1834 Jane Porter was making strenuous efforts to find a publisher for a novel, Young Hearts (which she called indeed a pretty thing), written not by SD but by her younger daughter, Theodora Peers
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger
Having already praised many contemporary women writers in print, EOB was now able to meet them. The move to London was accomplished principally through the zealous friendship of Miss Sarah Wesley , who had already...
Friends, Associates Eliza Fenwick
Other more or less radical friends of EF included Thomas Holcroft , Anne Plumptre , Elizabeth Benger , Jane Porter , Henry Crabb Robinson , Charles and Mary Lamb , and their friend Sarah Stoddart
Friends, Associates Mary Robinson
After MR became known as the prince's mistress, the double standard in public morality made it virtually impossible for respectable women to treat her as a friend. Her admiration for Sarah Siddons was not reciprocated...
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger
The guests included Joanna Baillie , Jane Porter (both mentioned as celebrities) and Eliza Fenwick .
Robinson, Henry Crabb. Diary, Reminiscences, and Correspondence. Sadler, ThomasEditor , Macmillan, 1872.
Robinson, Henry Crabb. Diary.
Friends, Associates Mary Russell Mitford
She knew most of the literary women of her day, including Felicia Hemans (who wrote to ask her for an autograph),
L’Estrange, Alfred Guy Kingham, editor. The Friendships of Mary Russell Mitford as Recorded in Letters from Her Literary Correspondents. Hurst and Blackett, 1882.
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Jane Porter , Amelia Opie (that warm-hearted person),
Mitford, Mary Russell. The Life of Mary Russell Mitford: Told by Herself in Letters To Her Friends. L’Estrange, Alfred Guy KinghamEditor , Harper and Brothers, 1870.
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The English attempt to conquer Scotland was fought off by Scottish forces under Robert Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn near Stirling.
By April 1818
John Keats published Endymion: A Poetic Romance.
29 November 1830 - May 1831
Uprisings in Poland were suppressed by Russia after considerable military operations.
9 August 1838
The Hampstead circulating library, intended for the middling and lower ranks, which had stocked no novels on principle except those of Scott and Edgeworth , found these were borrowed so much more often than...