Anne Burke

AB published seven novels at the end of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth century. A former governess left a widow with a son to support, she depended on her writing for an income. The play occasionally attributed to her is not hers.


November 1787
AB 's second novel, the single-volume Ela; or, The Delusions of the Heart, A Tale, Founded on Facts, was highly successful, judging from the number of editions which followed the first.
The term Founded on Fact[s] in titles goes back at least to the mid eighteenth century, but was just entering a period of especial popularity.
Garside, Peter, James Raven, and Rainer Schöwerling, editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press, 2000.
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Early Life

If the future AB was indeed born Anne Ustick , she may have been the baby of this name christened in Penzance in Cornwall on 20 September 1763.
“FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service”. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.