Dorothea Primrose Campbell

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DPC , a Shetlander who wrote and published during the early nineteenth century, is remarkable both as poet and novelist. She had poems and short fiction printed in London periodicals, and she deserves to be considered not as a regional but as a national novelist.

Milestones

4 May 1793
DPC was born in Shetland (which she calls Zetland): perhaps at Laxford or Laxfirth. She was baptised on the 11th.
She seems to have told the Royal Literary Fund that she was one year older.
Archives of the Royal Literary Fund, 1790-1918.
Miller, Bruce, and Morgan Miller. Email about Dorothea Primrose Campbell to Isobel Grundy.
Walker, Constance. “Dorothea Primrose Campbell: A Newly Discovered Pseudonym, Poems and Tales”. Women’s Writing, No. 4, pp. 592 -08.
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1803
DPC was still a child when she composed Address to the Evening Star. Written in Shetland; she published it in 1811, but mentioned its early date only in 1816.
Campbell, Dorothea Primrose. Poems. Baldwin, Cradock and Joy, 1816.
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By October 1821
A. K. Newman , owner of the Minerva Press , published DPC 's single novel, Harley Radington. A Tale.
Campbell, Dorothea Primrose. Harley Radington. A. K. Newman, 1821.
Garside, Peter, James Raven, and Rainer Schöwerling, editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press, 2000.
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6 January 1863
DPC died at the Aged Governesses' Asylum in Kentish Town in London.
This was no doubt a home run by the Governesses' Benevolent Institution .
Cutting added to Dorothea Campbell’s Poems, 1816.

Biography

Birth and Family

4 May 1793
DPC was born in Shetland (which she calls Zetland): perhaps at Laxford or Laxfirth. She was baptised on the 11th.
She seems to have told the Royal Literary Fund that she was one year older.
Archives of the Royal Literary Fund, 1790-1918.
Miller, Bruce, and Morgan Miller. Email about Dorothea Primrose Campbell to Isobel Grundy.
Walker, Constance. “Dorothea Primrose Campbell: A Newly Discovered Pseudonym, Poems and Tales”. Women’s Writing, No. 4, pp. 592 -08.
598