Jane Collier

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JC was a remarkably innovative and experimental prose-writer of the mid-eighteenth century. She produced one anti-conduct-book, one collaborative novel (written together with Sarah Fielding ), a remarkable commonplace-book (only recently discovered), and trenchant literary-critical comments. Other work may have failed to survive: she reached the planning stage, at least, with a tragedy, comedy, farce, her own periodical, a French grammar, and especially periodical essays.
Handwritten notes about a projected play by Sarah Fielding, with cursive script in dark brown ink on cream-coloured paper, from commonplace book by Jane Collier.
"Jane Collier, "Sallys & Jennys Emblem"" Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JZwD2d-aoLxoy4tKxi3Zwx2wKwZyGtE8/view?ts=5fbd7006. © Michael Londry. Used by the Orlando Project with permission.
Summary of an otherwise unknown projected play by Sarah Fielding, fromJane Collier's commonplace-book page 139, headed: "Sallys Scheme for a Farce call'd The Lady's Register or Daily Task." Hilda Londry Collection.
"Sarah Fielding, scheme for a farce" Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qI5td_l8VDj3URwdiPb84p1zoSeEu7hL/view. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication license. This work is in the public domain.

Milestones

Before 16 January 1715
JC was born at Steeple Langford (sometimes called Langford Magna) near Salisbury.
Keymer, Tom. “Jane Collier, Reader of Richardson, and the Fire Scene in Clarissa”. New Essays on Samuel Richardson, edited by Albert J. Rivero, Macmillan; St Martin’s Press, 1996, pp. 141 - 61.
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May 1748
JC dated the first entry in the commonplace-book which her sister Margaret transcribed after her death.
Collier, Jane, Margaret Collier, and Margaret Collier. Common Place Book. 1755.
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By 18 March 1753
JC published, anonymously, An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting, printed by Samuel Richardson .
Fielding, Henry, and Sarah Fielding. The Correspondence of Henry and Sarah Fielding. Battestin, Martin C. and Clive T. ProbynEditors , Clarendon Press, 1993.
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Keymer, Tom. “Jane Collier, Reader of Richardson, and the Fire Scene in Clarissa”. New Essays on Samuel Richardson, edited by Albert J. Rivero, Macmillan; St Martin’s Press, 1996, pp. 141 - 61.
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Shortly before 28 March 1755
JC died in London.
This date has remained unknown until very recently.
Bilger, Audrey, and Jane Collier. “Introduction and Chronology”. An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting, Broadview, 2003, pp. 9 - 35.
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24 May 1755
A couple of months after JC died, her sister Margaret began transcribing her commonplace-book, intending it as a gift of friendship, after her own death, to a mutual friend, Susan Carr .
Collier, Jane, Margaret Collier, and Margaret Collier. Common Place Book. 1755.
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Biography

Birth and Family

Before 16 January 1715
JC was born at Steeple Langford (sometimes called Langford Magna) near Salisbury.
Keymer, Tom. “Jane Collier, Reader of Richardson, and the Fire Scene in Clarissa”. New Essays on Samuel Richardson, edited by Albert J. Rivero, Macmillan; St Martin’s Press, 1996, pp. 141 - 61.
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