Olivia Clarke

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OC , sister of the more famous Irish writer Sydney Morgan , reads like an eighteenth-century writer though she was active in the early nineteenth century. She produced spirited light verse (always good-humoured though sometimes sharply satirical), and a light-hearted laughing comedy in which women triumph over men. Lord Albemarle suspected her of contributing to her sister 's novels.
Feminist Companion Archive.
The sixth earl of Albemarle (who died in 1891 after holding the title forty years) seems a more likely commentator on OC than the fourth, William Charles Keppel, who died in 1849, or the fifth, Augustus Frederick Keppel, who died insane in 1851.

Milestones

Probably 1785
Olivia Owenson (later OC ) was born, the younger sister of two.
Records in the International Genealogical Index date her birth to 1787.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
By April 1819
OC 's five-act comedy The Irishwoman was published with her name at London and Dublin, after a successful run at the Crow Street Theatre in Dublin.
Quarterly Review. J. Murray.
21 (1819): 559
Mann, David D., Susan Garland-Mann, and Camille Garnier. Women Playwrights in England, Ireland and Scotland, 1660-1823. Indiana University Press, 1996.
384
By 27 April 1845
OC died in Dublin, at about sixty, after being ill for some time.
Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan,. Lady Morgan’s Memoirs. Dixon, William Hepworth and Geraldine JewsburyEditors , AMS Press, 1975.
2: 489

Biography

Birth and Family

Probably 1785
Olivia Owenson (later OC ) was born, the younger sister of two.
Records in the International Genealogical Index date her birth to 1787.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.